Posts Tagged "English"

Shakespeare, Relevance, and “the Canon”

Posted on Nov 27, 2013

Shakespeare, Relevance, and “the Canon”

I wanted to share a little breakthrough I had with integrating contemplative pedagogy into one of the “majors” courses I teach, an introductory course on Shakespeare.

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The Contemplative Life and the Teaching of the Humanities

Posted on Sep 10, 2012

The Contemplative Life and the Teaching of the Humanities

The Contemplative Life and the Teaching of the Humanities by Brian Stock

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The Contemplative Spirituality of Toni Morrison

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

A webinar with Linda-Susan Beard,
Associate Professor of English, Bryn Mawr College

Lectio divina is an ancient Christian monastic practice associated with more than 1500 years of Benedictine prayer and preparation for prayer. It moves “reading” beyond the search for knowledge to an attentive and interactive appreciation for what rests beneath the text and in our own souls. Though usually used in working with sacred texts, lectio easily adapts itself to a wide variety of meditative approaches to texts–from poems, novels, or cultural critiques to the soul-chilling daily headlines of the local newspaper. This is a method of “reading” that also teaches us how to listen, with the whole self, to what a word or phrase speaks directly to or intimates about our lived experience. Prof. Beard uses this technique in classes on African and African American literatures, especially in a course aptly named “Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure.”

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