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ERIC Number: EJ799738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0994
Thinking Globally, Teaching Locally: The "Nervous Conditions" of Cross-Cultural Literacy
Eck, Lisa
College English, v70 n6 p578-598 Jul 2008
Teaching postcolonial literature to American college students involves taking them through a dialectical process of thinking about identification. In the first stage, students are encouraged to note similarities between their own lives and those of the work's characters. With the second step, students examine how the work's cultural and historical context makes the characters different from them in key ways. Finally, students use the differences that they have found in order to reflect on aspects of their own situations from a new angle. The author demonstrates this process through a discussion of her experiences teaching Tsitsi Dangarembga's 1988 novel Nervous Conditions. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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