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Book: On Verbal Art

Chapter: On Being a Literature Teacher: A Language Based Perspective

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.29792


There are challenges, and opportunities, that are peculiar to the teaching of literature. These challenges – and the academic rewards – are what I wish to illustrate and reflect upon in this opportunity to write on topics in arts and humanities, particularly in relation to my teacher and career mentor, Ruqaiya Hasan. I will set off from a summary statement that I have arrived at through my experiences working in literature and linguistics. I will then work more directly through examples to bring my initial claims about literature ‘down to earth’.

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  • David Butt ( - butt) 'Macquarie University'