English | Literature and Public Life
L240 | 1235 | Cariello


11:45a-1:00p D (25) 3 cr

COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION

TOPIC: NARRATIVES OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

This course is a consideration of the dominant tropes or themes that
structure the ways in which organized education has been presented in
stories, plays, novels and movies of the last fifty years. We will explore
popular narratives of teaching and learning that emphasize the
experiential aspects of what happens to both teachers and learners in and
out of the classroom, and attempt to analyze these texts to determine
their attendant pedagogical assumptions.

Some guiding questions: What makes a particular learning experience
"genuine"? How does one measure success in school? What do good teachers
do? What do good students do? What happens when "good" or "bad" students
leave the classroom? How does organized education foster or inhibit
critical thinking?

Tentative Readings:
Paulo Freire, PEDAGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED (selections)
Ernest Gaines, A LESSON BEFORE DYING
George Bernard Shaw, PYGMALION
Selections from George Orwell, Malcolm X, James Joyce, Gloria Anzaldua,
Adrienne Rich, Donaldo Macedo, and others.

Tentative Viewings:
DEAD POETS SOCIETY
STAND AND DELIVER
BLACKBOARD JUNGLE
TEACHERS