Poetry and Pedagogy

The Challenge of the Contemporary

By Retallack, Joan & Spahr, Juliana

Publishers Summary:
Few could deny that the contemporary is the chronic blind spot in most liberal arts curricula. Many “twentieth century lit.” courses still don’t cover much after the mid-fifties; other disciplines in the humanities don’t acknowledge poetry at all as part of the study of the contemporary. The essays collected here suggestively address the possibilities, pleasures, and risks of teaching from the multiplicity of poetries that have proliferated since the sixties. They discuss how to create a lively, investigative poetry classroom and suggest ways to work with cultural implications of poetry in society. The aim is to invite students to experience and make meaning of the poetics of our contemporary world, one that is blatantly “multi”—multi-cultural, lingual, racial, and ethnic.

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ISBN
978-1-40396-912-5
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan


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Reviewed on September 18, 2006

Spahr, author of Response and This Connection of Everybody with Lungs, among other books, is one the leading poets of her generation. She teams here with Retallack (Memnoir, etc.) to collect 22 essays that, from differing perspectives, tackle a problem that has been around at least as long as modernism: how to make a place for "difficult" poetry in the classr...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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