teaching/projects

I’m currently serving as co-director of ACERT, the Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching at Hunter and have recently run a “Guided Exploration” on using WordPress in the classroom and beyond.  I’ve also recently led a “Teaching and Scholarship Circle” for faculty on the somewhat broader topic of “web writing” both in pedagogical and scholarly contexts.  For more, see our site.

I’m also teaching one course, “Doing Things With Novels,” in which we will read a few of Melville’s novellas but also transform them in novel ways (sorry), creating an audiobook, a free/open annotated edition, “playing” a novel using Ivanhoe, and perhaps doing something with mapping or quantitative modes of reading.

  • Courses I’ve recently taught include:
    • Introduction to Theory: a course that surveys key texts in literary and cultural theory from the mid-19thC to the present and is more fun that it initially sounds to students.
    • “Modernism and the Image,” which links early 20thC experimental writing and visual culture in a wide variety of ways.
    • a survey of US prose from the Civil War to World War I that focuses on visual culture and has students build exhibits using Omeka like this one on Dreiser and the popular stage.
    • a survey of the US novel from 1900-present focusing on representation of labor and leisure
    • a course called “Art/Work” that examines representations of labor in a wide range of texts, as well as texts that thematize art itself as a form of labor
    • a single-author course on the work of William Faulkner at both the M.A. and B.A. levels, in which students and I collaborated on Yoknapedia, an encyclopedic resource aimed at students and lay readers of Faulkner’s work.

Past web projects include several iterations of T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste-Land” using the WordPress plug-in digress.it: the first emphasizes undigested responses to the poem by first-time readers (all students in two sections of my course, “ABC of Modernism” in 2012), and the second compiles the first wave of critical responses to the poem in the early 1920s and uses them to annotate the poem (also associated with 2012’s “ABC” course).

In my “Novel Hacks” course of 2010, students created two interesting objects using public-domain texts.  The first, inspired by Matthew Rubery’s fascinating work on the history of the audio book, is a DIY audiobook of R. L. Stephenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the second is Through the Looking-Glass 2.0, an annotated edition of (a small part of) Lewis Carroll’s novel.

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