Teaching American Ethnic Literatures

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Helane Adams Androne, PhD/Miami University of Ohio, Middletown campus
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American ethnic authors are literary conjurers of memory and imagination, creating each character full of spirit and consequence, joy and irreversible pains. These authors interpret and provoke self-legitimization of the varied realms of ethnic experience and memory in American society. American ethnic literatures present an ongoing dialogue between ethnic individual and mainstream culture, history, class, religion and sexuality. All of these issues are at play for teachers attempting to establish ethnically inclusive literary curriculums. Teaching American ethnic literatures requires that instructors decide and develop a philosophical stance and pedagogical framework for their classrooms.

Teaching American Ethnic Literatures is an edited collection of previously unpublished essays that address the philosophical grounding and practical methodologies for teaching American ethnic literatures in high school and college courses. We seek essays that establish a theoretical and/or philosophical stance for teaching American ethnic literatures and that provide practical applications of those theoretical and/or philosophical methods. These essays will suggest practices, methods, and philosophies for teaching US multiethnic literature but should also include close analysis of literary texts. We especially welcome essays from the following U.S. literary traditions: African American, Latina/o, Asian, Native, Arab, Jewish, Caribbean, but we would also consider essays about other groups that have been historically considered “ethnic” in the United States. We encourage essays from both the fields of literary criticism and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

Deadline: August 14, 2009
Please send completed essays of 15-25 pages in MS Word to adamshd@muohio.edu OR send hard copies with SASE to:

Helane Androne, PhD
English Department
Miami University, Middletown campus
4200 E. University Blvd.
Middletown, OH 45042
513/727-3267 office

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