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Author Tuman, Myron C., 1946-

Title Language and limits : resisting reform in English studies / Myron C. Tuman.

Published Albany : State University of New York Press, [1998]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  420.7 TUMA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 212 pages ; 24 cm.
Series SUNY series, literacy, culture, and learning.
SUNY series, literacy, culture, and learning.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-210) and index.
Contents 1. Lying Cretans, or the Paradox of Critical Thinking -- 2. Reading, Writing, and Resistance -- 3. Deep Reading and Writing -- 4. Metaphor, Culture, and Play -- 5. The Emperor's New Clothes: A Tale of Resistance -- 6. Literature as Local Practice -- 7. "They Say That, But": Writing Instruction as Local Practice -- 8. "Shaped by the Rules": The Resistant Class -- 9. Vico's Voice, or Beyond Critical Pedagogy.
Summary What could be more commonsensical than the notion that students need to become more critical readers and writers, subjecting the ideas, beliefs, and attitudes they encounter to closer, "critical" scrutiny? Yet is not the deep suspicion of common sense one of the founding principles of critical pedagogy? Here at last is a book that attempts to look closely at the broad cultural and historical assumptions behind efforts to remake how we teach both composition and literature, in the latter case, how the rooting out of authorial or textual bias is replacing traditional notions of identification and empathy. The result is a broad cultural history of English studies and how its distinctive notion of deep language has fostered a special kind of resistance to reforms over the last two hundred years.
Subject English philology -- Study and teaching.
Critical thinking -- Study and teaching.
Language and culture.
Educational change.
ISBN 0791436527 (paperback: alk. paper)
0791436519 (alk. paper)