What draws me to literature has always been its power to truly resonate, its ability to connect readers to people across classrooms & cultures, even across centuries of human life. And while I don’t expect any time soon my students to stand on their desks & quote Whitman at me, those basic strengths of literature always drew me to teaching as well. Through prose & poetry, we ask the most fundamental questions about life, morality, beauty, & the struggle just to bring meaning to our own existence.
What I attempt to do in my classroom is pose those questions to my students & guide them to discover their own answers, to seek desperately an understanding of the world & people around them. By reading modern & classic texts, through class discussions & exegetical work, & with the dissection & exploration of literary elements, we search for that understanding together.