Risky Business: Teaching “Fails” in the Auto|Biography Classroom: An Introduction

Laurie McNeill, Janine Douglas

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    In a series of short essays, leading auto/biography scholars reflect on their experiences teaching life narratives, considering occasions when things did not go according to plan. They remind us that “teaching lives” comes with particular perils, and share strategies for negotiating those challenges. Exploring issues including teaching across genres, analyzing writing about trauma, decolonizing pedagogies, and challenging assumptions (our own, our students', and our colleagues'), these reflections illuminate what makes the teaching of life narratives different from teaching other kinds of subjects or texts.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)97-100
    Number of pages4
    Journala/b: Auto/Biography Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017


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