The Idaho State University Department of English and Philosophy is pleased to announce Teaching Early Modern Literature from the Archives, edited by Heidi Brayman Hackel (University of California, Riverside) and Ian Frederick Moulton (Arizona State University), as an honorable mention for the 2017 Teaching Literature Book Award. The book was published by the Modern Language Association in 2015.
The Teaching Literature Book Award is an international prize for the best book on teaching literature at the college level. The award is presented biennially by the faculty in the graduate programs in English at Idaho State University. The winning books are judged by a committee of external reviewers, which this year included Jesse Matz, William P. Rice Professor of English and Literature at Kenyon College; Tison Pugh, Professor of English at the University of Central Florida; and Laura Wright, Professor of English at Western Carolina University. Jessica Winston and Matthew Levay, assistant professor of English, also served on the committee at ISU.
The award committee offered the following commendation:
“This book provides inspiring and useful guidance on teaching literature in ways that utilize a range of resources to help students develop new practices for archival research. It combines theoretical grounding in the methods of archival work with lucid explanations of how these theories inform specific goals and activities in the classroom. The contributors expertly demonstrate how a range of archives offers new ways to explore transmission and reception, analyze content, and construct context. The contributors also address concerns about access to digital resources. Teaching Early Modern Literature from the Archives focuses on archives relevant to early modern English literature and history, yet the chapters apply to broader changes in the teaching of literature – and the humanities in general – with digital resources in today’s classrooms.”