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Why Are We Reading Ovidís Handbook on Rape? Teaching and Learning at a Womenís College


reviewed by Amy Vetter - September 11, 2006

coverTitle: Why Are We Reading Ovidís Handbook on Rape? Teaching and Learning at a Womenís College
Author(s): Madeleine Kahn
Publisher: Paradigm Publishers, Boulder
ISBN: 1594511020, Pages: 179, Year: 2005
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The question, “Why are we reading Ovid’s Handbook on Rape?” along with several other challenging inquiries, led Professor Madeleine Kahn and her students to redefine how they read and discussed contemporary and classical Western literature at Mill’s Women’s College.  In Why Are We Reading Ovid’s Handbook on Rape?: Teaching and Learning at a Women’s College, Kahn takes the reader through a narrative journey about how to balance personal connections and literary analysis through class dialogue about literature.  Based on several years of classroom notes, the book provides snapshots into the lively and transformative classroom conversations about texts such as Ovid’s Metamorphoses, A Narrative of the Life of Charlotte Charke, The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox, and Ordeal by Linda Lovelace. Kahn begins this open and revealing narrative from the perspective of a professor whose primary pedagogical goal was to teach students how to critically analyze literature.  She discloses her belief that... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 11, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12706, Date Accessed: 11/20/2019 8:19:45 PM

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  • Amy Vetter
    University of Texas at Austin
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    AMY VETTER is a Ph.D candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently working on her dissertation Creating Spaces: Negotiating Identities through Talk in an Urban High School Classroom. Her areas of interest include language and literacy, literacy and identity, discourse analysis, and secondary education.
 
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