Reading, Learning, Teaching Clyde Edgerton
by Yvonne Mason
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This is an introduction to the literature of contemporary American writer Clyde Edgerton. A North Carolina native, Edgerton has been compared to Mark Twain for his easy, humorous style, which is based in oral tradition. Like Twain and other humorous writers, Edgerton’s work often contains both biting satire and exploration of very large questions about the human condition. The book contains an overview of each of his novels and his memoir in addition to offering critical commentary on theme, craft, and structure. Pedagogical support is offered with specific strategies that will encourage authentic engagement and learning. Teachers will find specific companion pieces of literature for introducing Edgerton’s vivid and challenging work. This book presents the case for including more of Clyde Edgerton’s work in our secondary and college English language arts classrooms as a means of revitalizing curricula and challenging the ways we traditionally think about teaching.
The Author: Yvonne Mason teaches English in Greenville, South Carolina. She previously worked in public relations and advertising and has written award-winning television and radio commercials. She has also taught acting and has been a professional comedic actor for twenty years.
"Here's a book about how to put one of the funniest and most accessible of contemporary writers, Clyde Edgerton, into the classroom. This helpful publication is something both beginning and experienced English teachers will love. Yvonne Mason's easy, conversational writing style makes it a joy to read whether you're an English teacher or not. But if you are a teacher - watch out! Here are exercises, links, topics, and projects galore - all related to Edgerton. One especially useful aid is Mason's placement of Edgerton's fiction in the context of Southern literature and other great works. 'Reading, Learning, Teaching Clyde Edgerton' has captured the spirit of Clyde and his work and will go a long way to bring any classroom alive!" (R. Sterling Hennis, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Peter Lang Publishing Inc. New York
6 November 2008
0.226 x 0.152 x 0.01 m; 0.249 kg