Critical Pedagogy and Global Literature: Worldly Teaching (New Frontiers in Education, Culture, and Politics)
Edited by Masood Ashraf Rja, Zach VandeZande, Hillary Stringer
Series Editor: Kenneth Saltman
I just wanted to share the exciting news that our collection of essays focused on teaching of world literature has now been published and is available to order through Amazon.com.
The idea for this wonderful collection of essays evolved during an independent study that I conducted with two of my brilliant colleagues and graduate students: Zach VandeZande and Hillary Stringer. Both of them are working on their Ph.Ds in creative writing and had requested to work on a course focused on various narrative forms.
At the end of our course, instead of writing traditional research papers, we decided to put together an anthology of critical essays about teaching of world literature. This theme was exceptionally important to all of us given the emphasis on world literature classes on our own campus.
As a result, both Hillary and Zach drafted the Call for Contributions, which was sent out in April 2011. After that we also contacted major figures in the field of critical pedagogy and requested them to contribute. I was impressed by the generosity of the established scholars in the field as most of them agreed to contribute their latest work toward our volume. We also received a large number of essays through our general call and selected the ones best suited for our project.
The book is divided into two major parts: Part 1 focuses on theoretical engagements with world literature filtered through various aspects of critical pedagogy; pat two includes short chapters written by teachers of world literature. I feel that this book could be a great resource for all those interested in a more nuanced and informed approach to teaching world literature.
I would like to convey my thanks to all our contributors. My thanks also to both of my co-editors who took the time, during the busiest stage of their doctoral education, to help put this wonderful collection together.