Playing 'Shame': One Technique for Introducing Text Analysis to the Literary Studies Classroom

By Ray Siemens

University of Victoria

A former professor of mine, now gone to his just reward – a character who one might never imagine to find in a David Lodge novel, and yet he was noted in one as a poor soul banished in the late 1960s from glitzy, big-shoulder US academic...

Listed in Article

Description

A former professor of mine, now gone to his just reward – a character who one might never imagine to find in a David Lodge novel, and yet he was noted in one as a poor soul banished in the late 1960s from glitzy, big-shoulder US academic culture to the pastoral Canadian prairies we all know and love – gave me some of the most useful pragmatic advice I’d ever received from an academic up to the point that I'd received it. He suggested that all of us concern ourselves as much with the expanding of our own knowledge as we do with concealing those areas in which we have little expertise or experience. This was heady stuff for me (I was quite a few years younger, then), but it was an apt observation. And when I think of the focus of this panel – ‘playing with text analysis’ – his words resonate....

Tags

Notes

Original publication information:

Originally published in Computing in the Humanities Working Papers (CHWP)

Date: April 2009

URL: http://projects.chass.utoronto.ca/chwp/CHC2004/siemens/

License: (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)