Getting Students Engaged in “Distant” Texts

Professor Emily Steiner, English

Wednesday, October 17 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Emily Gerstell, CTL Graduate Fellow, English

Location: Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 330

Summary: In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to get students engaged in texts that may seem, because of their style, subject matter, or date of composition, alien and even threatening to students. How much context should you provide students when you teach works that “feel foreign”? How do you get students excited about and invested in material that can seem intimidating? And how, ultimately, do you strike the balance between making the material relevant and relatable while still preserving the fundamental strangeness of a “distant” text?
All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the English department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.