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                                  MLA’s Approaches to Teaching

Editor(s): Maurice Hunt  

 

 xii & 195 pages  : 2012  :  Rs 175  :   ISBN: 978-81-7671-074-9  (paperback)

"This brief but informative book is a welcome addition to a series aimed at promoting serious and continuing discussion of the aims and methods of teaching literature.... The book is a valuable resource and teaching aid and may well encourage both experienced and inexperienced teachers of Shakespeare to experiment with similar methods themselves."                                                                      
Theatre Research International                                      

Text Box: Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's The Tempest and Other Late Romances 
Editor(s): Maurice Hunt   
 
 xii & 195 pages  : 2012  :  Rs 175  :   ISBN: 978-81-7671-074-9  (paperback)

"This brief but informative book is a welcome addition to a series aimed at promoting serious and continuing discussion of the aims and methods of teaching literature.... The book is a valuable resource and teaching aid and may well encourage both experienced and inexperienced teachers of Shakespeare to experiment with similar methods themselves."                                                                       Theatre Research International                                      

 


 

 Text Box: Developed from a survey of ninety-three faculty members who teach these romances, the volume presents both practical and imaginative approaches to presenting the works in the classroom.

Like other books in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, this one is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," evaluates editions of the plays, recommends readings for students and teachers, and suggests aids to teaching. In the second part, "Approaches," the first five essays treat the late romances as a group, connecting them with Shakespeare's tragedies and with political discourse of the period, examining the father-daughter theme and viewing them as family romance, and defining the dramaturgy of the late romances. The remaining thirteen essays focus on specific plays and explain how to use performance, audiovisual aids, and various historical and critical approaches to enhance the plays' presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

Editor(s): Edward J. Rielly

ix & 148 pages   : 2012  : Rs 175  :   ISBN: 978-81-7671-079-4   (paperback)
         

 

The first of the two parts of this volume, "Materials," reviews classroom editions of Gulliver's T required and recommended student readings, audiovisual materials, and background and biographical works for instructors. The second part, "Approaches," offers strategies, by twenty teachers, for presenting Swift's work in a variety of settings.

Text Box: Approaches to Teaching Swift's Gulliver's Travels 
Editor(s): Edward J. Rielly 

ix & 148 pages   : 2012  : Rs 175  :   ISBN: 978-81-7671-079-4   (paperback)           
 
The first of the two parts of this volume, "Materials," reviews classroom editions of Gulliver's T required and recommended student readings, audiovisual materials, and background and biographical works for instructors. The second part, "Approaches," offers strategies, by twenty teachers, for presenting Swift's work in a variety of settings.

 

Text Box:  Fourteen essays suggest different methodologies for introducing the text to students--such as considering whether Gulliver's Travels is a novel and using Swift's letters to reveal the "real" author. The final six essays propose specific assignments for students, from performing dramatic readings to writing satires.
 
 
 


 

 

 

Text Box: During recent decades, the study of Beowulf has flourished in liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and high schools. Useful for new instructors as well as medieval scholars, this collection of twenty-eight essays suggests ways to teach the poem to undergraduate, graduate, and mixed classes, in Old English or in translation.

Like other books in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, Approaches to Teaching Beowulf is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," reviews the many editions and translations of Beowulf and evaluates reference works, aids to teaching, critical studies, and facsimiles. The second, "Approaches," begins with a survey of how and to whom Beowulf is taught, followed by four sections of essays on teaching the poem at specific levels of instruction. The last two sections of essays offer ideas for presenting the background of the poem (history, religion, oral tradition) and for using special approaches, such as discussing the role of women in the poem and teaching Beowulf as performance.

 

Editor(s): Jess B. Bessinger, Jr., Robert F. Yeager

 

xvii & 214 pages   : 2012   :  Rs 175    :  ISBN: 978-81-7671-083-1  (paperback)

"...an extraordinarily useful and obliquely interesting book.... Essays on the cultural context, sources and analogues, orality, prosody, and feminist criticism, all by specialists with an evident commitment to good teaching, can only be helpful."                                                                             Modern Language Review

Text Box: Approaches to Teaching Beowulf 
Editor(s): Jess B. Bessinger, Jr., Robert F. Yeager 

 
xvii & 214 pages   : 2012   :  Rs 175    :  ISBN: 978-81-7671-083-1  (paperback)

"...an extraordinarily useful and obliquely interesting book.... Essays on the cultural context, sources and analogues, orality, prosody, and feminist criticism, all by specialists with an evident commitment to good teaching, can only be helpful."                                                                             Modern Language Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editor(s): Robert H. Ray

x & 166 pages   :  2012   :  Rs 175    :  ISBN: 978-81-7671-081-7   (paperback) 


"Any dedicated teacher of the play will find the book's variety both thought-provoking and refreshing and will arise from it with a renewed sense of commitment and excitement about the play. This volume makes a significant contribution to the teaching of King Lear."                                      Christianity and Literature

"If you teach King Lear, you must have this book and you can use most, if not all, of the varied advice these teachers offer."                                                                                           Bibliothèque d'humanisme et renaissance          

Text Box: Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's King Lear 
Editor(s): Robert H. Ray 

x & 166 pages   :  2012   :  Rs 175    :  ISBN: 978-81-7671-081-7   (paperback)  

"Any dedicated teacher of the play will find the book's variety both thought-provoking and refreshing and will arise from it with a renewed sense of commitment and excitement about the play. This volume makes a significant contribution to the teaching of King Lear."                                      Christianity and Literature
"If you teach King Lear, you must have this book and you can use most, if not all, of the varied advice these teachers offer."                                                                                           Bibliothèque d'humanisme et renaissance          

 

 

Text Box: Perhaps Shakespeare's greatest play, King Lear is likely the one most often taught at the undergraduate level, but many instructors agree that it may also be the most daunting to teach. Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's King Lear suggests ways that teachers can meet the daunting challenges and make King Lear engaging and accessible.

The volume, like others in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature, is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," surveys the editions of King Lear most used by instructors, lists recommended readings for students and teachers, and discusses audiovisual materials available for classroom use. In the second part, "Approaches," sixteen teachers share ideas for teaching King Lear in different settings, from freshman survey courses to seminars devoted entirely to the play. The essays present overviews of the play from a variety of critical perspectives as well as describe specific approaches, such as focusing on theme and character, discussing dramatic and philosophical contexts, and analyzing the roles of the written text and of oral and visual performance.

 

 

 

  Editor(s): María Elena de Valdés, Mario J. Valdés

x & 156 pages  :  2012  :  Rs 175    :  ISBN: 978-81-7671-078-7   (paperback)

"The essays of this volume are all of high quality and should serve as a valuable aid to professors teaching Cien
años de soledad
and to students seeking a better understanding of its content."                                          
Hispania

Text Box: Approaches to Teaching García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude 
Editor(s): María Elena de Valdés, Mario J. Valdés 

x & 156 pages  :  2012  :  Rs 175    :  ISBN: 978-81-7671-078-7   (paperback)

"The essays of this volume are all of high quality and should serve as a valuable aid to professors teaching Cien
años de soledad and to students seeking a better understanding of its content."                                           Hispania

                                                                                                                                                      

 

Text Box: Critics have read One Hundred Years of Solitude as a cultural document, as a revolutionary narrative, and as a high point of early postmodernism. 
The volume is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," discusses works about the novel and its author, the historical background, ideological contexts, and literary interpretations. The second part, "Approaches," contains twelve essays on teaching One Hundred Years of Solitude. One group of essays shows how the novel is presented in various courses, such as humanities or politics. A second group of essays features approaches using history, ideology, myth, Jungian psychology, analytic psychology, hermeneutics, narratology, and other perspectives. The novel readily supports this range of interpretations because it is, as the editors say, "above all, a magnificent story that holds readers spellbound."

 

 

 

 

 

Editor(s): Spencer Hall

 ix & 189 pages  :    2012    :  Rs 175    :   ISBN: 978-81-7671-080-0  (paperback)

"A useful pedagogical resource, particularly for those new teachers, nonspecialists, or specialists in other fields who are  willing to join their students in grappling with Shelley's complex and rewarding body of work."

                                                                                                Keats-Shelley Journal

 

"Enough to keep Shelley busy for two semesters!"                                                   Romantic Movement

Text Box: Approaches to Teaching Shelley’s Poetry      
Editor(s): Spencer Hall 

 ix & 189 pages  :    2012    :  Rs 175    :   ISBN: 978-81-7671-080-0  (paperback) 

"A useful pedagogical resource, particularly for those new teachers, nonspecialists, or specialists in other fields who are  willing to join their students in grappling with Shelley's complex and rewarding body of work."
                                                                                                Keats-Shelley Journal 
 
"Enough to keep Shelley busy for two semesters!"                                                   Romantic Movement

 

 

 

Text Box: The essays in Approaches to Teaching Shelley's Poetry confront the problem of introducing Shelley in the classroom and propose a variety of techniques for engaging students with Shelley's extraordinary stylistic and conceptual variety.

Like other books in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, this one is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," evaluates teacher and reference editions of Shelley's works and surveys secondary readings for both students and instructors. The second part, "Approaches," contains thirty-two concise and practical essays on teaching the poetry. Six essays discuss pedagogical issues, including teaching Shelley to sophomores and in writing-across-the-curriculum courses. The longest section of the book comprises eighteen essays on presenting individual texts, from reading Adonais as pastoral elegy to teaching Alastor and Prometheus Unbound alongside Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Essays on specific literary and historical contexts and on critical perspectives, including a feminist reading of Shelley's works and strategies for teaching Shelley with other Romantic poets, complete the volume.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editor(s): Marcia McClintock Folsom

 

xii & 186 pages  :   2012    :  Rs 175   :  ISBN: 978-81-7671-076-3     (paperback)

 

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is one of the most popular and widely taught works of English literature. Respondents to an MLA survey on teaching this Austen novel expressed the need for relevant background materials, brief reviews of criticism, and descriptions of pedagogical strategies .  Approaches to Teaching Austen's Pride and Prejudice is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," reviews available editions of Pride and Prejudice and works of criticism. The section also includes a handy biographical chronology and a map.

 

Text Box: Approaches to Teaching Austen's Pride and Prejudice 
Editor(s): Marcia McClintock Folsom 

 
xii & 186 pages  :   2012    :  Rs 175   :  ISBN: 978-81-7671-076-3     (paperback)
 
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is one of the most popular and widely taught works of English literature. Respondents to an MLA survey on teaching this Austen novel expressed the need for relevant background materials, brief reviews of criticism, and descriptions of pedagogical strategies .  Approaches to Teaching Austen's Pride and Prejudice is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," reviews available editions of Pride and Prejudice and works of criticism. The section also includes a handy biographical chronology and a map.
 

 

 

Text Box:  In the second part, "Approaches," sixteen teachers offer ideas for presenting the novel in the classroom, such as examining the social and economic conditions of late-eighteenth-century England; discussing biographical details, Austen's unpublished writing (e.g., her juvenilia and letters), and the influence of other works on her fiction; considering the structure and themes of the novel; and analyzing Austen's use of language. This collection is an indispensable resource for teachers of courses ranging from introductory literature surveys and continuing-education classes to graduate-level seminars.

 

 

 

Editor(s): Richard E. Matlak

 x & 185 pages  :   2012  :  Rs 175   :   ISBN: 9788176710824    (paperback)
 
"A valuable collection. There is at least one essay dealing with each of Coleridge's major works. Moreover, all of the essays are the contributions of teachers who are eager to share their most successful strategies."

                                                                                   -Teaching English in the Two-Year College

"If you thought you knew it all about teaching Coleridge, guess again!"   -Romantic Movement

Text Box: Approaches to Teaching Coleridge's Poetry and Prose 
Editor(s): Richard E. Matlak 

 x & 185 pages  :   2012  :  Rs 175   :   ISBN: 9788176710824    (paperback) 
  
"A valuable collection. There is at least one essay dealing with each of Coleridge's major works. Moreover, all of the essays are the contributions of teachers who are eager to share their most successful strategies." 
                                                                                   -Teaching English in the Two-Year College
"If you thought you knew it all about teaching Coleridge, guess again!"   -Romantic Movement

                                                                                                                                       

 

Text Box: The essays in this collection will help teachers apply Coleridge's precept to the teaching of his poetry and prose.

One of seven books on Romantic poetry in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, this volume is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," evaluates texts, the teacher's library, student reading, and audiovisual materials. In the second part, "Approaches," seventeen established scholars describe the methods they have found most effective in presenting Coleridge in the classroom. The first two essays examine the many different sides of the poet's personality and explore his relation to British society. In the essays that follow, contributors discuss Coleridge's prose, the Conversation poems, and the Mystery poems--individually and in combination--from linguistic, psychological, sociological, historical, New Critical, feminist, intertextual, and other perspectives.

 

 

 

 

 

 
viii & 184 pages   :  2012   :  Rs 175   :    ISBN: 978-81-7671-077-0   (paperback)

"The subject range...is very broad--from biblical allusions...to echoes of the music hall."                     Choice

 Waiting for Godot offers as much of a challenge in the classroom today as it did to its early audiences in the 1950s. It has become "the centerpiece of a range of college and university courses. Whatever the context and approach, the play continues to yield readings that richly contribute to the study of both drama and culture," write June Schlueter and Enoch Brater, the book's editors.

Text Box: Approaches to Teaching Beckett's Waiting for Godot 
Editor(s): June Schlueter, Enoch Brater 

viii & 184 pages   :  2012   :  Rs 175   :    ISBN: 978-81-7671-077-0   (paperback) 

"The subject range...is very broad--from biblical allusions...to echoes of the music hall."                     Choice
 Waiting for Godot offers as much of a challenge in the classroom today as it did to its early audiences in the 1950s. It has become "the centerpiece of a range of college and university courses. Whatever the context and approach, the play continues to yield readings that richly contribute to the study of both drama and culture," write June Schlueter and Enoch Brater, the book's editors.

 

 

 

 

Text Box: This volume, like others in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, is divided into two parts. The first, "Materials," gives editions and productions, readings for students, reference works, background and critical studies, and audiovisual resources. The second part, "Approaches," contains twenty essays that situate the play in the Beckett canon, explore what it does rather than what it means, discuss its absurdity, put it in the context of contemporary drama, interpret it from different critical perspectives, examine its relation to Charlie Chaplin, compare its French and English texts, and share the pedagogical insights obtained by a teacher who directed it in a maximum-security prison in Florida.

 
Editor(s): Robert F. Gleckner, Mark L. Greenberg

 xvi & 162 pages   :  2012   :  Rs 175  :   ISBN: 978-81-7671-075-6    (paperback)

 "Amongst these riches then, there should be something for everyone who teaches Blake's lyric poetry, especially if readers are willing to share the editors' 'delight in imagining fruitful class discussions emanating from significant disagreements with approaches offered here.'"                                                            Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly

Text Box: Approaches to Teaching Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience 
Editor(s): Robert F. Gleckner, Mark L. Greenberg 

 xvi & 162 pages   :  2012   :  Rs 175  :   ISBN: 978-81-7671-075-6    (paperback)
 "Amongst these riches then, there should be something for everyone who teaches Blake's lyric poetry, especially if readers are willing to share the editors' 'delight in imagining fruitful class discussions emanating from significant disagreements with approaches offered here.'"                                                            Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly

 

 

 

Text Box: The first part, of this Approaches volume,  "Materials," reviews editions and anthologies, critical works (including a survey of available commentaries on each poem), background materials, and facsimile and microfiche reproductions. In the second part, "Approaches," distinguished teachers and scholars describe strategies for presenting the Songs in the classroom. The first four essays discuss how teachers can bring theoretical concerns, such as textual and feminist approaches, to bear on specific poems. The following four essays address the inclusion of Songs in particular classes, from a survey on English Romanticism to a literature course at a technological institute. The third set of essays examines the Songs from specific literary perspectives, such as an analysis of the variations among different editions and an investigation of the work's biblical foundations. The final four essays present approaches for teaching individual poems.