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ERIC Number: EJ1097648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0007-8034
Gone Far : A Journey of a Thousand Miles with Achak
Curran-Hackett, Mary
CEA Forum, v37 n2 Sum-Fall 2008
This article discusses how Mary Curran-Hackett, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati in the English Literature and Composition and Rhetoric Departments, was determined to hook her students on reading. She wanted to find a topic on which every single student would undoubtedly have an opinion, and if not a preconceived notion, at least an iota of the impact of such a topic. She chose the topic of war, and placed "What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng," the now-controversial true story that is called fiction, on the syllabus. Although a seemingly straightforward survival and redemption tale of a young, innocent "Lost Boy" trapped in the Sudanese civil war, it revealed itself as truly the great American novel, and it served as a launching pad for numerous topics in the college classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio