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ERIC Number: EJ799736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0994
In Defense of Reading Badly: The Politics of Identification in "Benito Cereno," "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and Our Classrooms
Halpern, Faye
College English, v70 n6 p551-577 Jul 2008
Traditionally, we English faculty have warned our students against simply identifying with a literary work's characters. For us, such attachments constitute "reading badly." But we engage in identifications, too, including ones with the work's author. A consideration of critical responses to "Benito Cereno" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin" enables us to see how our own identifications often operate. In our teaching of reading, we should openly acknowledge our own commitments and help our students negotiate them. (Contains 32 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A