Journal Article

‘Further Study’: Teaching Unfamiliar Texts

Jeremy Noel-Tod

in The Cambridge Quarterly

Published on behalf of Cambridge Quarterly

Volume 34, issue 3, pages 281-283
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 0008-199X
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1471-6836 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/camqtly/bfi031
‘Further Study’: Teaching Unfamiliar Texts

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Drawing on the experience of teaching an introductory course in university-level practical criticism, an argument is made for the importance of an element of professional improvisation in the teaching of English Literature undergraduates, based on the discovery and demonstration in the classroom of an unfamiliar text’s formal arrangement, rather than a schematically prepared reading or more specialist extratextual knowledge. Poems by Tom Raworth, John Ashbery and Ron Padgett are briefly cited.

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