Style

A journal focusing on literature and literary topics for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 1, Spring

Advancing the Project of "Recentering Literary Education": An Overlapping Model, a Friendly Amendment, and a Proposed Revision
Since I have learned a lot from Peter J. Rabinowitz during our multiple collaborations and countless conversations over the last twenty-five-plus years, I am not surprised to find myself nodding in approval at the main arguments he and Corinne Bancroft...
A Response to Peter and Corrine's Essay New Criticism
Peter and Corrine cite the frequent use of New Criticism's methodologies in middle school and high school as "the dominant force in middle-school and high-school classrooms." Some thought this to be the case in the 1950s and 1960s. The critic Granville...
Books Received
Books Aldama, Frederick Luis, and Patrick Colm Hogan. Literature, Language, and Aesthetics: Conversations on Cognitive Cultural Studies. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2014. 272pp. ISBN: 9780814212431 $62.95 Allington, Daniel and Barbara...
Building Paper Houses
In "Euclid at the Core: Recentering Literary Education" Rabinowitz and Bancroft set out to develop "a set of comprehensible, pragmatic, and coherent principles about literature, readers, and the act of reading." A timely project indeed given the curricular...
Classroom Notes on Teaching the Odyssey
I remember the topic my eleventh grade teacher assigned for The Odyssey: "What makes The Odyssey a classic?" I didn't know what made anything a classic, let alone The Odyssey. Doc Campbell set demanding questions that required close study of Macbeth...
Euclid at the Core: Recentering Literary Education
"Maybe it's not really New Criticism; maybe it's just called that because it's not anything else." --Emily Rohrbach Introduction: The Aims of Education We have written this essay with some trepidation. The project began when John V. Knapp...
Learning to Read
Bancroft and Rabinowitz offer a sound critique of the Common Core model and other comparable approaches to the teaching of reading. They also propose a number of specific suggestions and identify the larger principles that guide their practice. Many...
Literary Competence and the Experience of Literature
In responding to the pedagogically important and informative effort by Peter Rabinowitz and Corrine Bancroft to re-center literary education, I will not focus as much on their admirable accomplishments as I will on problem spaces that they have chosen...
Many "Right Answers," Many "Wrong Ones": A Defense of Close Reading in the High School Classroom
Like Corinne and Peter, I have worked for my entire teaching career in a privileged academic environment with the freedom to teach in the ways that work for my students. My pedagogy is grounded in my Ph.D. work in literature and my training in writing...
Mind the Gap: Response to Rabinowitz & Bancroft's "Euclid at the Core"
I will play a double role in this number of Style: as general editor, I am grateful both to Peter Rabinowitz and to Corinne Bancroft, our guest editors extraordinaire, for their hard work and talents in constructing the "target essay" and the "rejoinders"...
Response to Euclid at the Core: Recentering Literary Education
On behalf of all of the secondary literature teachers that I know (and I know many), I thank Peter Rabinowitz and Corinne Bancroft for their provocative essay. This essay provides a desperately needed counter-discourse to the sobering portrait of literature...
"Thanks to All at Once and to Each One": Continuing the Conversation
We are flattered by the responses we've received to "Euclid at the Core"--by the resonances our article has found even with people who do not share our basic starting points, by the way our colleagues (some long-time friends, others we've never met)...
"The Proper Density": Walker Percy and the Danger of Theory
In Emile, Jean-Jacques Rousseau rails against a form of education where words take the place of things, with the precocious children of his day--in his view freaks--pretending to a form of knowledge when they only knew names. This anxiety also animates...
To the Readers of Style
I want to take a brief moment of your time to tell you about this issue (48.1) of Style, our third occasional issue that includes a "target essay," written and guest-edited by national experts in the study of literature. For this issue, our guest editors...
What Reading Fiction Has to Do with Doing Well Academically
In their target essay for this volume, Peter Rabinowitz and Corinne Bancroft observe that the Common Core Standards "have no significant theoretical grounding at all, and thus provide no purchase for real conversation and debate." To remedy this problem...
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