Thursday, 06 January
5. Teaching American Literature in an Age of Scarcity: Pedagogy and the Profession
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 404B, LA Convention Center
A special session
Speakers: Dale Marie Bauer, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Stephanie Foote, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Andrew Hoberek, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia; Sherita L. Johnson, Univ. of Southern Mississippi; Donald E. Pease, Dartmouth Coll.
The participants seek to initiate a conversation about the different aims, demands, and goals of pedagogies of American literature. How does the larger economy of institutional scarcity affect the choices we make as we design our classes, choose our texts, and balance our teaching with our research? How do we understand the local and national effects of scarcity on our students’ lives and sense of themselves as intellectuals? How do we ask our students to join us in arguing for the value of literary studies? How do we propose new definitions of US culture to our classes in a way that takes economic and class issues seriously? What and how do we teach literature in and about economies of scarcity?