Title

"Who Am I but a Combinatoria of Things Encountered, Imagined?" Exploring Teachers' Literary Lives

Publication Date

4-21-2020

Document Type

Presentation

Department

English and Comparative Literature

Publication Title

American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2020 Annual Meeting

Conference Location

San Francisco, CA

Abstract

This paper considers how English teachers’ literary lives inhere in pedagogy. Building with Kirkland’s (2013) notion of literacy lives, the inquiry draws on interviews with five practicing secondary English teachers, finding that teaching with literary lives reoriented teachers’ lessons as helpfully ambiguous, as well as enlivened the classroom by pointing in a renewed way to wonder and awe. Thinking about the lives of secondary English teachers as literary offers an expanded understanding of the profession, reframing English teaching as creative and communal, compelling, complex and deeply personal work that proves fruitful for teachers, students, and education scholars.

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