Why Are We Reading Ovid's Handbook on Rape?
Teaching and Learning at a Women's College
- ISBN: 9781594511035
- Extent: 200pp
- Release Date: 20 Mar 2006
- Size: 229mm x 152mm
- Format: Paperback
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- Category: Education
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Why Are We Reading Ovid’s Handbook on Rape? raises feminist issues in a way that
reminds people why they matter. We eavesdrop on the vivid student characters in
their hilarious, frustrating, and thought-provoking efforts to create strong and
flexible selves against the background of representations of women in
contemporary and classical Western literature. Young women working together in
a group make surprising choices about what to learn, and how to go about
learning it. Along the way they pose some provocative questions about how well
traditional education serves women. Equally engaging is Kahn's own journey as
she confronts questions that are fundamental to women, to teachers, to students
and to parents: Why do we read? What can we teach? and What does gender
have to do with it?
About The Author
Madeleine Kahn has taught eighteenth-century English literature for fifteenyears and is the author of Narrative Transvestism: Rhetoric and Gender in theEighteenth-Century English Novel (Cornell University Press, 1991).