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Modernist Pedagogies: Conrad, Woolf, Pound, and the Reading Public

Gerber, Ellen C. (2007) Modernist Pedagogies: Conrad, Woolf, Pound, and the Reading Public. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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"Modernist Pedagogies: Conrad, Woolf, Pound, and the Reading Public" challenges the widely held belief that modernist writers were uninterested in reaching the emerging reading public that developed as a result of the 1870 Education Act and subsequent reforms in Britain. I contend that Conrad, Woolf, and Pound were largely optimistic that, with a particular type of guidance, the reading public was capable of engaging with difficult texts. Conrad's prefaces, Woolf's lectures and BBC broadcasts, and Ezra Pound's How To Read and ABC of Reading offer varied pedagogical motivations and methods with implications for not only how we teach these major authors but also how we teach reading and writing at the university level. By challenging prevailing understandings of the modernists' attitudes toward the reading public, this study offers a more complex rendering of the modernists' relationships with the expanded reading public, thereby enabling a fuller understanding of the modernist project.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Gerber, Ellen
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee CoChairSeitz,
Committee CoChairBoone, Troyboone@pitt.eduBOONE
Committee MemberMacCabe, Colinmaccabe@pitt.eduMACCABE
Committee MemberWatts, Philipwatts@pitt.eduWATTS
Date: 20 June 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 19 March 2007
Approval Date: 20 June 2007
Submission Date: 31 March 2007
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conrad; modernism; pedagogy; Pound; reading; reading public; Woolf
Other ID:, etd-03312007-114643
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:33
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:37


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