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A Road Course in Early American Literature

Travel and Teaching from Atzlán to Amherst

Thomas Hallock

A Road Course in Early American Literature
A Road Course in Early American Literature

A Road Course in Early American Literature

Travel and Teaching from Atzlán to Amherst

Thomas Hallock

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Presents essays that fuse literary scholarship and personal travelogue to explore American identity. This volume explores a two-part question: what does travel teach us about literature, and how can reading guide us to a deeper understanding of place and identity?

“Amidst the multiple crises literary studies faces—from the adjunctification of the professoriate to reckoning with the ongoing consequences of a racist and oppressive past to the potential cataclysm of climate change—Hallock asks what it might mean to teach early American literature. He provides no easy answers, but he models the kind of curiosity, erudition, and humility that continue to expand the pedagogical terrain. Essential.” —CHOICE

A Road Course in Early American Literature is a deeply, original, brilliant, entertaining book, brimming with the author’s enthusiasm for his subject—American writing from the conquest of Tenochtitlan to the end of the Civil War—and for what he has learned in decades of teaching.” —Christoph Irmscher, author of Max Eastman: A Life and Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science

"Hallock approaches texts as invitations to examine rather than simply to enshrine. Hallock supports his discussions with meticulous research and extensive historical context."—American Literary History

“Thomas Hallock turns a scholarly imagination and unblinking eye on the crossroads of literature and place, traveling and trespassing in order to understand American history and what it wrought in American culture....The upshot of Hallock’s cross-pollinations is this, a hybrid with novel traits, significant vigor, and a powerful heartbeat. I’m very impressed.” —Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

“Thomas Hallock’s guide through the white-washed, buried, and forgotten stories of early American literature is a cross between your favorite college English class and your life’s best road trips. Revealing his own trespasses both literal and literary, Hallock leads his readers across the troubled waters of American memory to find shared ground in the transformative power of words. The essays in Road Course are essential journeys for our time.” —Cynthia Barnett, author of Mirage, Blue Revolution, and Rain

“How does one come to a more unified understanding of the Americas as a continent of interconnected places and as a changing historical reality over time? Neither geography nor history—nor literature, for that matter—can be ends in themselves, but must be part of a larger educational framework. How can the connections among these areas of study be better understood? How can one best use personal experience to inform one’s approach? Where does one begin? Hallock’s Road Course offers one possible place to start.” —Review of International American Studies

"Hallock’s moral engagement with literature, history, educational institutions, students, colleagues, and family comes through in just about every chapter, adding to the urgency of his insightful thinking about connections between the art of teaching early American literature and the art of travel."—Early American Literature

Thomas Hallock is professor of English at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He is author of From the Fallen Tree: Frontier Narratives, Environmental Politics, and the Roots of a National Pastoral, 1749–1826 and coeditor of Travels on the St. Johns River: John and William Bartram; William Bartram, the Search for Nature’s Design: Selected Art, Letters, and Unpublished Writings; and Early Modern Ecostudies: From the Florentine Codex to Shakespeare.

Specificaties

  • Uitgever
    The University of Alabama Press
  • Verschenen
    apr. 2024
  • Bladzijden
    232
  • Genre
    Literatuurstudies: algemeen
  • Afmetingen
    229 x 152 mm
  • Gewicht
    272 gram
  • EAN
    9780817361648
  • Paperback
    Paperback
  • Taal
    Engels

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