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Community-Based Learning and the Work of Literature (JB - Anker) [Hardcover]

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This book examines how community engagement reimagines academic work in the humanities, proposing new methodological and theoretical approaches to scholarship and pedagogy in literary studies. The chapter contributors--scholars of English and foreign language literature and cultural studies--respond to three questions: How can literary theory inform community-based learning (CBL)? How does community service transform our assumptions about literature and the literary aspects of everyday life? And finally, in what ways do current readings in cultural studies extend to the question of civitas, or the creation of a vibrant community life? By answering these questions, the contributors move literary studies beyond the lecture hall and certified competency in the reading of texts and toward the formation of learning communities without walls or borders. These humanities-based learning communities revise our conceptions of the human condition, construct an expanded and active sociological imagination, encourage compassion, and address issues of social justice. Written for faculty and staff in literature and humanities programs at all types of institutions, this book provides innovative ways to incorporate CBL into classroom experiences.

Contents include:

  • Can civic engagement rescue the humanities?
  • Cultural studies, compassion, and the promise of CBL
  • Community work and the revaluation of literary study
  • The humanities as a vocation
  • Literary work as public work
  • To serve, perchance to learn: A play in four acts
  • Language, literature, and community engagement in the San Diego Tijuana borderlands
  • CBL, German literature, and intercultural competence
  • Two old women and a mature approach to service-learning
  • Indigenous theory and service-learning: A Dakota case study
  • Students discover primary and secondary source information through volunteer work
  • Exploring the links between l

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    Pages   295
    Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9.5"
    Weight:   1.25 lbs.
    Binding  Hardcover
    Release Date   Jan 1, 2007
    Publisher   Anker Publishing Company, Inc.
    ISBN  1933371129  
    ISBN13  9781933371122  

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    More About Susan Danielson & Ann Marie Fallon

    Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Susan Danielson received her Ph.D. in American literature and women's studies from the University of Oregon. She is professor of American literature at Portland State University and has been instrumental in developing and teaching community-based learning (CBL) courses through the Department of English and the Center for Academic Excellence since the early 1990s. In pursuing her scholarly agenda, she works to negotiate the borders among innovative programs, interdisciplinary curricular development, and more traditional literary scholarship. Integrating CBL pedagogy into courses such as Literature and Medicine and The Immigrant Experience deepens the impact of literary study; students develop a new level of understanding as well as a new discourse within the context of community-based experiences. She has received numerous grants from Portland State University's Center for Academic Excellence and Campus Compact, and has lectured and written on the interconnections between CBL and literary studies.

    Ann Marie Fallon received her B.A ion English from Swarthmore College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Virginia. She is an assistant professor in the University Studies program at Portland State University and teaches courses in postcolonial theory, feminist theory, and American studies and democracy. She was a junior Fulbright scholar in Germany in the 2004-2005 academic year and has lectured and written on the changing role of the humanities in the modern university.

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