Academic journal article Academic Exchange Quarterly

Editorial

Academic journal article Academic Exchange Quarterly

Editorial

Article excerpt

Teaching the Novel and Short Fiction is a broad topic, and the cluster of essays included in this issue thus covers a wide range of interesting subjects.

Several essays propose creative uses of literature to teach other subjects. Stephanie E. Libbon's contribution "Teaching Cultural Diversity in Faust through WAC" outlines the presentation of the Faust theme in a writing-across-the-curriculum seminar designed to expose students to other cultures and to prompt them to think more critically about their own. Nurten Birlik and Deniz Salli-Copur present several suggestions for the use of short stories in teaching English as a Foreign Language, with particular focus on grammar, writing, and speaking. In "Using Teen Chick Lit Novels to Teach Marketing," Peter A. Maresco outlines the incorporation of popular literature to teach marketing students about product placement.

A second set presents what might be termed new approaches to old (or at least canonical) texts. "Homer's Odyssey as Serious Classroom Entertainment" is the title of the essay by Kimberly K. Bell, who uses a cultural approach and an emphasis on the aesthetics of reading to generate student interest in studying the Greek epic. Alexander L. Kaufman details replacing the traditional method of teaching Malory's Morte Darthur through summary and selection with an examination of the stylistic and cultural similarities between Malory and his contemporary medieval chroniclers. Finally, in "Teaching (Not Preaching) Masterworks in Drama," Carolyn D. …

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