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ERIC Number: ED489859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-15
Pages: 208
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-1-85359-846-1
Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom
Leahy, Anna, Ed.
Multilingual Matters
This book remaps theories and practices for teaching creative writing at university and college level. This collection critiques well-established approaches for teaching creative writing in all genres and builds a comprehensive and adaptable pedagogy based on issues of authority, power, and identity. A long-needed reflection, this book shapes creative writing pedagogy for the 21st century. The book is divided into four parts. The first part, Understanding the Larger Influences, contains chapters: (1) Personal Therapeutic Writing vs. Literary Writing (Nancy Kuhl); (2) Who Cares--and How: The Value and Cost of Nurturing (Anna Leahy); (3) Inspiration, Creativity, and Crisis: The Romantic Myth of the Writer Meets the Contemporary Classroom (Brent Royster); (4) Reinventing Writing Classrooms: The Combination of Creating and Composing (Evie Yoder Miller); and (5) The Double Bind and Stumbling Blocks: A Case Study as an Argument for Authority-Conscious Pedagogy (Carl Vandermeulen). The second part, The Teacher's Place, Voice, and Style, contains chapters: (6) Teaching and Evaluation: Why Bother? (Mary Cantrell); (7) Who's the Teacher?: From Student to Mentor (Audrey Petty); (8) The Pregnant Muse: Assumptions, Authority, and Accessibility (Rachel Hall); and (9) Dismantling Authority: Teaching What We Do Not Know (Katharine Haake). The third part, Course Design, contains chapters: (10) Contracts, Radical Revision, Portfolios, and the Risks of Writing (Wendy Bishop); (11) An "A" for Effort: How Grading Policies Shape Courses (Suzanne Greenberg); (12) Gender and Authorship: How Assumptions Shape Perceptions and Pedagogies (Susan Hubbard); and (13) Writing the Community: Service Learning in Creative Writing (Argie Manolis). The forth part, In the Classroom, concludes with chapters: (14) Where Do You Want Me To Sit?: Defining Authority through Metaphor (Cathy Day); (15) Duck, Duck, Turkey: Using Encouragement to Structure Workshop Assignments (Mary Swander); (16) How To Avoid Workshop Dilemmas: The Use of Myth to Teach Writerly Concepts (Amy Sage Webb); and (17) Writing in the Shadows: Topics, Models, and Audiences that Focus on Language (Sandy Feinstein). An Afterward, The Reason It Is: The Rhyme It Isn't (Graeme Harper and Stephanie Vanderslice) is included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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