Beyond 'Relevance' : Teaching Historically Distant Material

Professor Rebecca Bushnell, English

Tuesday, January 28 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: English Department Graduate Lounge (Fisher-Bennett Hall 330)

Summary: Teaching literary texts from a time not our own poses several challenges: how to attend responsibly to their historical specificity, how to help our students to create relationships with texts and cultures that may at first be alienating, and how to help our students to cultivate investments in texts separated from them by a broad historical divide. In this workshop, we will discuss pedagogical approaches to such problems as historical alterity, periodization, the linguistic or formal opacity of early literatures, and the cultural politics of teaching with the past. We will also explore the variety of methodologies available to the literary study of history in the undergraduate classroom.

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.