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ERIC Number: EJ1006555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
"Life's Disguise Doth Keep Flies Off ": Teaching Lynn Lonidier's Poetry
Flannery, Kathryn
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v22 n2 p137-157 2012
Whether teaching undergraduate or graduate classes, the author integrates lesser-known women poets as part of the inquiry, not as curiosities, but as opportunities to discover something in the "raw" as contemporaries might have done. That the author's courses focus on or include in a substantial way the work of women is important, but does not by itself mean that her pedagogy is feminist. Rather it is the ways educators pose questions that define the approach as feminist. The twentieth-century American poet Lynn Lonidier has proven to be an especially challenging and rewarding poet to teach in the context of feminist inquiry. Each time she includes Lonidier's work in a class, she learns more thanks in large part to what her students discover. In each of the classes, the author and her class work on other materials before they come to Lonidier, so they have already begun to build a class vocabulary about poetry and about gender, and in the process they are working out their interactional dynamic. What the author discusses here, then, is best understood as part of a larger curricular sequence of reading, discussing, writing, researching, and reflecting that comes not at the beginning of a semester but in the second third of a course. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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