Community-Based Learning and the Work of Literature
January 2007, Jossey-Bass
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This book examines how community engagement re-imagines academic work in the humanities, proposing new approaches to scholarship and pedagogy in literary studies. The chapter contributors—all scholars of English, foreign language literature, and cultural studies—respond to three questions:
- How can literary theory inform CBL?
- How does community service transform our assumptions about literature and the literary aspects of everyday life?
- In what ways do readings in cultural studies extend to the question of civitas, or the creation of a vibrant community life?
Answering these questions, the contributors move literary studies beyond the lecture halls and toward the formation of learning communities that revise our conceptions of the human condition, construct an expanded and active sociological imagination, encourage compassion, and address issues of social justice. By linking literature and life through service-learning, the authors show how literary scholars can harness the power of their discipline to transform as well as inform.
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