>From: "Robin DeRosa" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Rethinking the Theory Course (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)
>CFP: Rethinking the Theory Course (9/15/06; NEMLA; 3/1-4/07 in Baltimore)
>The Northeast Modern Language Association's 38th annual convention will be
>held in Baltimore, Maryland from March 1-4, 2007.
>This panel will explore innovative ways to teach critical theory at the
>undergraduate level. How can instructors present difficult theory in a way
>that is accessible to students? What supplementary texts can instructors
>use to complement the theory? What writing assignments can help students
>practice applying theory without encouraging them to think formulaically?
>How can theory courses be reinforced in other areas of the English
>curriculum? What is the relationship of the theory course to the changing
>field of "English," including to new media and cultural studies? Should the
>way we deliver our theory courses shift to accommodate new ways of thinking
>about English as a discipline? And finally, what should the curriculum of a
>good theory course include?
>Given that the purpose of much contemporary theory has been to open texts to
>multiple readings and question both canonical readings and univocal
>methodologies, this panel seeks to explore alternative and innovative ways
>to teach the standard undergraduate course in theory. This panel is
>designed for instructors and curriculum planners who want to rethink the
>perameters and possibilities of this ubiquitous course. Papers that blend a
>discussion of the philosophical issues involved with "teaching theory" with
>practical ideas for revisioning the "formula" are especially welcomed.
>Abstracts should be sent electronically to Robin DeRosa at
>[log in to unmask] Deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2006. Please
>include with your abstract: Name and Affiliation; Email address; Postal
>address; Telephone number; A/V requirements (if any).
>All panelists must be or become NEMLA members. Visit
>http://www.nemla.org/index.html for more information on NEMLA.
>Dr. Robin DeRosa
>Assistant Professor of English
>Department of English - MSC 40
>Plymouth State University
>Plymouth, NH 03264
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