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ERIC Number: EJ937008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0994
The Literature of Poverty, the Poverty of Literature Classes
Marsh, John
College English, v73 n6 p604-627 Jul 2011
In this article, the author focuses on the possibilities--and the limits--of undergraduate courses on the literature of poverty. He describes an undergraduate course he has taught on U.S. literature about poverty, but he also expresses doubt that such courses can help produce major social change. He argues that something about the literature of poverty poses a real, perhaps undecidable crisis for the practice of teaching. Like others who write about pedagogy and social justice, then, he wants to acknowledge a social reality, in this case poverty, and proposes a way to teach about that reality. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A