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The Teaching Archive

A New History for Literary Study

Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan

The Teaching Archive

Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan

320 pages | 25 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2020
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226736136 Will Publish December 2020
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780226735948 Will Publish December 2020
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780226736273 Will Publish December 2020
The Teaching Archive shows us a series of major literary thinkers in a place we seldom remember them inhabiting: the classroom. In Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan’s literary history, we watch T. S. Eliot and his working-class students revise their modern literature syllabus at the University of London’s extension school during World War I. We read about how Caroline Spurgeon, one of the first female professors in the United Kingdom, invited her first-year women’s college students to compile their own reading indexes in 1913. We see how J. Saunders Redding taught African American memoirs and letters to his American literature students at Hampton Institute in 1940. I. A. Richards, Cleanth Brooks, and Edmund Wilson figure prominently in Buurma and Heffernan’s study, as do poet-critics Josephine Miles and Simon J. Ortiz. Throughout, the authors draw on what they call “the teaching archive”—the syllabi, course descriptions, lecture notes, and class assignments—to rewrite a history of literary study grounded in actual practice.

With this innovative study, Buurma and Heffernan give us an urgent literary history for the present moment. As English departments look to an uncertain future, they also look to their past. In The Teaching Archive, they will find a revelatory history of the profession.
List of Figures
A Note on Authorship

Introduction: A New Syllabus

Chapter 1
Caroline Spurgeon, The Art of Reading (1913)

Chapter 2
T. S. Eliot, Modern English Literature (1916–19)

Chapter 3
I. A. Richards, Practical Criticism (1925), and Edith Rickert, Scientific Analysis of Style (1926)

Chapter 4
J. Saunders Redding, The Negro in American Literature (1944) and American Biographical Literature (1976)

Chapter 5
Cleanth Brooks, Modern Poetry (1963), and Edmund Wilson, Literature of the Civil War (1959)

Chapter 6
Josephine Miles, English 1A (1940–55)

Chapter 7
Simon J. Ortiz, Native American Arts (1978)

Conclusion: The Past We Need Now
Appendix: Archives and Collections Consulted
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