Community-Based Learning and the Work of Literature
January 2007, Jossey-Bass
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.
1. Can Civic Engagement Rescue the Humanities? (David D. Cooper).
2. Cultural Studies, Compassion, and the Promise of Community-Based Learning (David S. Malachuk).
3. Servicing Reading: Community Work and the Revaluation of Literary Study (Kara L. Mollis).
4. The Humanities as a Vocation (Arthur Strum).
5. Talking and Walking: Literary Work as Public Work (Anna Sims Bartel).
6. To Serve, Perchance to Learn: A Play in Four Acts (Eric Daigre, Elizabeth Hutter, Mitchell Ogden, Marie-Therese C. Sulit).
7. Leer y escribir la frontera: Language, Literature, and Community Engagement in the San Diego- Tijuana Borderlands (Kevin Guerrieri).
8. Rewriting the Egg: Community-Based Learning, German Literature, and Intercultural Competence (Isolde Mueller).
9. Two Old Women and a Mature Approach to Service-Learning (Sheila Ruzycki O'Brien).
10. Indigenous Theory and Service-Learning: A Dakota Case Study (Penelope Kelsey).
11. Search and Service: Discovering Primary and Secondary Source Information (Nina V. Salmon).
12. Reconnecting the Disconnect: Exploring the Links Between Literary Studies and Community Service (Susan Danielson).
13. The Rhetoric of Healing: Community-Based Learning From an Ecocritical Perspective (Breyan Strickler).
14. Taking Literature to the Children: Community-Based Learning and Children's Literature (Marilyn Melahn Senter).
15. Segue Into the Community: A Wired Community-Based Learning Course Proposal for Writers on a Two-Year Campus (Eric Melbye).
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.
—Gerald Graff, Professor of English, University of Illinois at Chicago
"I have no doubt that this book will be warmly received by countless individual faculty members who in their own teaching have never lost faith in the power of the moral imagination."
—Edward Zlotkowski, Senior Faculty Fellow, Campus Compact, and Professor of English, Bentley College
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