Roundtable: Teaching the Classical Essay by ProQuest


With contemporary creative nonfiction dominating the attention of writing curricula and textbook publishing, questions arise about where to begin reconnecting to the classical essay: Which essays are best to read and teach? How might they be taught to twenty-first-century students? What advantages are there in revisiting those long-gone days of yore? This roundtable attempts to answer those questions while it poses others.

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									 Roundtable:Teaching the Classical Essay
        Panelists: Michael Danko, Michelle Disler,
      Kelley Evans, Shannon Lakanen, David Lazar,
            Patrick Madden, Desirae Matherly

M       any creative nonfiction classes use assigned readings drawn largely
        from living authors and contemporary examples of personal narra-
tive and literary reportage. But a good many professors and practitioners are
conscious of the rich influence and inspiration of the classical essay, the
focus of a long, abundant tradition; these teachers and writ
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