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A life in school : what the teacher learned

Author: Jane P Tompkins
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Jane Tompkins established herself as a major critic by rebelling: against the accepted canon of great literary works, against the elitist approach of literary criticism, against the sterile conventions of scholarly writing. Here she tells the story of how she came to rebel against the very norms of the Ivory Tower she had once struggled to enter. In retelling her own experiences as student and teacher, she makes us  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jane P Tompkins; Jane P Tompkins
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane P Tompkins
ISBN: 9780201327991 0201327996
OCLC Number: 696023941
Description: xix, 229 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The dream of authority --
P.S. 98 --
Foyer --
Other people --
Teachers --
Talking in class --
Higher education --
Making it --
Ash Wednesday --
The day I walked out of class --
Postcards from the edge --
Reverie --
Karate Lesson --
Let's get Lost --
The way we live now --
Coffee --
Time out --
The cloister and the heart --
Epilogue : chair, table, lamp.
Responsibility: Jane Tompkins.


"Here one of our leading literary scholars looks back on her own life in the classroom, and discovers how much of what she learned there needs to be unlearned. Jane Tompkins' memoir shows how her  Read more...
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