Approaches to Teaching the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Editor: 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

Acknowledgments

Preface

PART 1: MATERIALS

Introduction

Literary Criticism

Editions

Stevenson on Stevenson

Biographies

Archives and Museums

Art and Photography

Popular Culture Resources

Electronic Resources

Societies, Conferences, Journals

Maps

Chronology

PART 2: APPROACHES

Introduction

Background

Stevenson in His Place: Scotland, England, the United States, and Samoa

Jenni Calder

Scotland: Politics, Religion, Literature

Penny Fielding

American Literary Contexts

Glenda Norquay

Stevenson and Scots

J. Derrick McClure

The Visual Culture of Robert Louis Stevenson: Face to Face

Dennis Denisoff

Theoretical Contexts

Realism and Romance

Scott Hames

Modernism

Roderick Watson

Colonialism and Postcolonialism

Graham Tulloch

Narrative and Narratology: The Ebb Tide of Action

Robert L. Caserio

Gender and Genre

Fiona Wilson

Literary Contexts

The Gothic: Detection and Science Fiction

Linda Dryden

Travel Writing: Nonfiction into Fiction

Oliver S. Buckton

Children’s Literature

Barbara Chatton

The Essay and the Periodicals

Thomas Richardson

Classroom Conventions and Challenges

Stevenson’s Scotland: History and Topography in the Classroom

Ian Duncan

Stevenson as Transatlantic Romanticism

Susan Oliver

Boys’ Adventure and the Allure of Violence in the Postcolonialism Class: Treasure Island

H. Aram Veeser

Exposure and Image: A Visual Approach

Ann C. Colley

The Jekyll and Hyde Class: Overcoming Strangeness

Wendy R. Katz

Jekyll and Hyde as Science Fiction

Anne Stiles

Stevenson and Adaptation: Resources and Materials

Martin Danahay

The Stevenson-Osbourne Collaboration

Gordon Hirsch

Course Contexts

Stevenson’s Poetry in the Victorian Survey

Abigail Burnham Bloom

The American Journeys in the English Survey: Breaking Down the Binaries

Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Young Adult Novels for English Secondary Education Students

Leslie S. Rush

The Pacific Story and the Indigenous Student: “The Bottle Imp” and “The Isle of Voices”

Richard J. Hill

Stevenson’s Short Stories in the Creative Writing Classroom

Alan Riach

Stevenson’s Essays in the Composition Classroom

Emily A. Bernhard Jackson

Classroom and Courtroom across the Curriculum: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Jason Goldsmith

Jekyll and Heidegger: Stevenson in the Theory Classroom

Matthew Wickman

Notes on Contributors

Survey Participants

Works Cited

Index