Robert Scholes devotes an entire book-length study on the importance of literary theory in the classroom. He argues that, when it comes to understanding and using theory, “It is the great aim or end of liberal education and therefore not something we can assume to be already developed in students just beginning their college education. … Continue reading

Why Theory should be a part of Undergraduate Study

From Teaching & Learning English Literature, Ellie Chambers and Marshall Gregory discuss the topic of teaching theory in literature courses. The question of debate in regards to theory is not whether or not it should be taught in the classroom, but rather, “how much/what” theory to teach, as well as “when, and how, should it … Continue reading Why Theory should be a part of Undergraduate Study

Another Approach to “Sound as dumb as you are”

In The Literature Workshop, Sheridan Blau offers his own insight to problems within the literature classroom as well as personal experiences with certain assignments. Chapters seven and eight cover Sheridan’s disapproval of academic language that is not genuine to the student’s typical diction in an everyday setting, as well as his approval of the first person in a … Continue reading Another Approach to “Sound as dumb as you are”