Second Edition   ©2014

Background Readings for Teachers of American Literature

Venetria Patton (Purdue University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-7637-0; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-7637-6; Format: Paper Text, 480 pages

A collection of critical essays for instructors of American literature

With chapters that address literary and social movements, questions of identity, the geopolitical aspects of American literature, and classroom approaches, Background Readings for Teachers of American Literature, Second Edition, provides an overview of changes in the field of American literary studies and a survey of its popular themes. The twenty-seven readings include important scholarship, critical essays, and practical ideas from working teachers. This professional resource offers support to instructors using The Bedford Anthology of American Literature.

"Each of the essays engages vitally with an aspect of teaching American literature...Bringing the essays together in this volume has the effect of showing a common set of concerns...making this volume a stunning display of contemporary scholars grappling with a single issue: how to present American literature as a unified field of knowledge."

—Joseph Urgo, University of Mississippi