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Approaches to Teaching the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

Editor(s): Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Pages: xiii & 238 pp.
Published: 2013
ISBN: 9781603291217 (cloth)
ISBN: 9781603291224 (paperback)


“For teachers of Stevenson from K–12 through graduate study . . . first-rate scholars provide a sophisticated overview of his wide-ranging literary output.”
Joseph McLaughlin, Ohio University

Although Robert Louis Stevenson was a late Victorian, his work—especially Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—still circulates energetically and internationally among popular and academic audiences and among young and old. Admired by Henry James, Vladimir Nabokov,
and Jorge Luis Borges, Stevenson’s fiction crosses the boundaries of genre and challenges narrow definitions of the modern and the postmodern.

Part 1 of this volume, “Materials,” provides an introduction to the writer’s life, a survey of the criticism of his work, and a variety of resources for the instructor. In part 2, “Approaches,” thirty essays address such topics as Stevenson’s dialogue with James about literature; his verse for children; his Scottish heritage; his wanderlust; his work as gothic fiction, as science fiction, as detective fiction; his critique of imperialism in the South Seas; his usefulness in the creative writing classroom; and how Stevenson encourages expansive thinking across texts, times, places, and lives.

Abigail Burnham Bloom
Oliver S. Buckton
Jenni Calder
Robert L. Caserio
Barbara Chatton
Ann C. Colley
Martin Danahay
Dennis Denisoff
Linda Dryden
Ian Duncan
Penny Fielding
Jason Goldsmith
Scott Hames
Richard J. Hill
Gordon Hirsch
Emily A. Bernhard Jackson
Wendy R. Katz
J. Derrick McClure
Glenda Norquay
Susan Oliver
Alan Riach
Thomas Richardson
Leslie S. Rush
Anne Stiles
Graham Tulloch
H. Aram Veeser
Roderick Watson
Matthew Wickman
Fiona Wilson

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