Approaches to Teaching Shelley's Poetry
Editor(s): Spencer Hall
Pages: ix & 189 pp.
ISBN: 9780873525282 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780873525275 (hardcover)
"A useful pedagogical resource, particularly for those new teachers, nonspecialists, or specialists in other fields who are
willing to join their students in grappling with Shelley's complex and rewarding body of work."
"Enough to keep Shelley busy for two semesters!"
Shelley's poetry, admits Steven E. Jones in the Keats-Shelley Journal, has proved "difficult to study and to teach well." The essays in Approaches to Teaching Shelley's Poetry confront the problem of introducing Shelley in the classroom and propose a variety of techniques for engaging students with Shelley's extraordinary stylistic and conceptual variety.
Like other books in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, this one is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," evaluates teacher and reference editions of Shelley's works and surveys secondary readings for both students and instructors. The second part, "Approaches," contains thirty-two concise and practical essays on teaching the poetry. Six essays discuss pedagogical issues, including teaching Shelley to sophomores and in writing-across-the-curriculum courses. The longest section of the book comprises eighteen essays on presenting individual texts, from reading Adonais as pastoral elegy to teaching Alastor and Prometheus Unbound alongside Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Essays on specific literary and historical contexts and on critical perspectives, including a feminist reading of Shelley's works and strategies for teaching Shelley with other Romantic poets, complete the volume.
Table of Contents
Approaches to Teaching Shelley's Poetry
PART 1: MATERIALS
- Teaching Editions
- Reference and Critical Editions
- Readings for Students and Teachers
- Reference Works
- Recommended Readings
- Romantic Contexts
- Studies of Shelley
Aids to Teaching
PART 2: APPROACHES
Selected Pedagogical Approaches
Shelley's Grasp upon the Actual
"The Mind in Creation": Life as Metaphor
Shelley's Workmanship of Style
Shelley for Sophomores
Nancy Moore Goslee
Knowing a Romantic Poem: A Sequenced Research Project
Mary A. Quinn
Writing-across-the-Curriculum Techniques for Teaching Shelley
Teaching Individual Texts
Two Voices: Narrator and Poet in Alastor
Stephen C. Behrendt
Contrasting Styles: Teaching "Mont Blanc" with Coleridge's "Hymn before Sun-Rise"
Adam J. Frisch
Myths of Power and the Poet: Teaching "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty"
Look on My Words, Ye Mighty, but Don't Despair: Teaching "Ozymandias"
Gyde Christine Martin
Julian and Maddalo: An Introduction to Shelley
Aggression and Regression in Prometheus Unbound
Thomas R. Frosch
Love and Egocentricity: Teaching Alastor and Prometheus Unbound with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Betty T. Bennett
Windows of Meaning in "Ode to the West Wind"
Seraphia D. Leyda
Teaching "To a Sky-Lark" in Relation to Shelley's Defence
John L. Mahoney
Shelley as Poet and Dramatist in The Cenci
Vincent F. Petronella
Teaching Shelley's Anatomy of Anarchy
Shelley and Androgyny: Teaching "The Witch of Atlas"
Diane Long Hoeveler
Epipsychidion and Romantic Passion Love
Jeffrey C. Robinson
Teaching Adonais as Pastoral Elegy
Judith W. Page
Shelley's Portrayals of Emotion in the Lyrics to Jane Williams
Transformability in "The Triumph of Life"
Teaching "On Life": An Introduction to Shelley's Skeptical Poetics
The Poetics of Re-vision: Teaching A Defence of Poetry
Jerrold E. Hogle
Literary and Historical Contexts
Shelley in His Times
Donald H. Reiman
Wordsworth and the Shelleyan Self
The Younger Romantics: Teaching Shelley with Byron and Keats
John A. Hodgson
Shelley and Modern Poetry
Shelley and Current Critical Debates
Shelley's Endings: Formalist and Postformalist Perspectives
Susan J. Wolfson
Teaching and Un-teaching Shelley's Texts: Textual Criticism in the Classroom
A Feminist Approach to Teaching Shelley
Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi
Index of Works by Shelley
Index of Names