ERIC Number: ED199703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Teaching Literature in Prison--Or Confessions of a Neo-Pragmatist.
Hruska, Thomas J.
In spite of the many difficulties and limitations faced by a college English professor who chose to teach literature to prisoners, this paper reports that he was able to remain enthusiastic about the effort. While noting that the prisoners were not interested in literary form or theme, the paper describes how they were able to respond powerfully to what they read and how they often came to class eager to share their perceptions and feelings about episodes from such works as "Crime and Punishment,""Candide,""Heart of Darkness," and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The paper discusses the ways in which the prisoners were able to connect the lives of the characters they read about with their own lives and offers examples of their written responses to various literary works. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (16th, Minneapolis, MN, February 19-21, 1981).