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Brave New Words: How Literature Will Save the Planet

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The activist tradition in American literature has long testified to the power of words to change people and the power of people to change the world, yet in recent years many professional humanists have chosen to distract themselves with a postmodern fundamentalism of indeterminacy and instability rather than engage with social and political issues. Throughout her bold and ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by University Of Iowa Press (first published 2010)
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Ammons's book is a compelling call for a literary pedagogy that matters. How do we connect the texts we teach our students to issues outside of the ivory tower? How do we help students understand the power of words? How can we teach them the activist tradition of American literature?

Ammons is after a broader audience than academics. While anyone who teaches U.S. literature (or really literature at all) would enjoy this book, it will also appeal to the student of U.S. literature (including the s
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Happyybrown
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Published in 2010 and directed towards an academic audience, this wasn’t a “fun” read per se. However, it reaffirmed the personal ideologies that led me to become an English major in the first place.

Author Elizabeth Ammons (who is a professor of literature at Tufts University and sounds like someone I would really like to meet someday) begins with an analysis of postmodern theory and how it’s “bedrock commitment to antifoundationalism, indeterminacy, multiplicity, and decenteredness” leads to a
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A reminder of the power of literature to transform the world.
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