CFP: “And Gladly Teach?” at the Univ. of DE

And Gladly Teach?: Pedagogy, Practice and the Teaching of Literature
The University of Delaware, Arsht Hall, Wilmington Delaware

April 20th, 2012

Keynote Speaker:
Michael Bérubé,
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor, Pennsylvania State University,
President of Modern Language Association

As most English professors spend the majority of their time teaching or preparing to teach, the discipline of English Studies has a rich heritage in the teaching of literature. Given this marked prominence of teaching in our professional lives, however, its underrepresentation in our scholarship is notable. This conference is an attempt to partially address this gap in our shared understanding. To this end, we call for the the submission of individual papers, panel proposals and multi-participant round tables addressing the teaching of literature at the classroom, departmental and disciplinary levels. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
•       What are the most useful pedagogical goals of a specific course: Of a survey course, for example? Of a senior capstone course? Of a non-majors course?
•       How might we best teach particular works of literature?
•       What is the role of literary study for students at your institution? How do you know if your program is reaching its goals?
•       How are we to best prepare teachers of college literature and support their ongoing professional development?

To answer these questions we invite the submission of 20-minute papers, 75-minute panels and 75-minute roundtable discussions on pedagogical topics pertaining to the teaching of literature. Roundtable discussions should be comprised of a series of opening remarks not more than ten minutes by 3-4 discussion leaders who will then facilitate conversation among attendees All proposals should be not more than 250 words and should include the titles and contact information for all participants and indicate the main contact /chair for the panel. Send proposals to This conference has been supported by a grant from the Office of Graduate and Professional Education at the University of Delaware.

Registration, including luncheon, for accepted presenters is free.

Abstracts due February 15th
Notify of acceptance by March 1st

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I teach Shakespeare and the blue humanities at St. John's in New York City.

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