A Therapeutic Approach to Teaching Poetry: Individual Development, Psychology, and Social Reparation

Hardcover | June 19, 2012

byTodd O. Williams

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A Therapeutic Approach to Teaching Poetry develops a poetry pedagogy that offers significant benefits to students by helping them to achieve a sense of renewal (a deeper awareness of self and potentials) and reparation (a realistic, but positive and proactive worldview). Todd O. Williams offers a thorough examination of the therapeutic potential of poetry, explaining its personal and social benefits, and providing unique pedagogical strategies derived from poetry therapy and other therapeutic models. In taking this approach, Williams also enlarges the range of interpretive possibilities for the nineteenth-century poetry he treats.

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A Therapeutic Approach to Teaching Poetry develops a poetry pedagogy that offers significant benefits to students by helping them to achieve a sense of renewal (a deeper awareness of self and potentials) and reparation (a realistic, but positive and proactive worldview). Todd O. Williams offers a thorough examination of the therapeutic...

Todd O. Williams is an assistant professor of English at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. His primary research interests are in nineteenth-century British poetry and psychological approaches to literature and pedagogy. His work has been published in several journals including Prose Studies, Journal of William Morris Studies, Evolu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:198 pages, 8.92 × 5.67 × 0.66 inPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340407

ISBN - 13:9780230340404

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"In A Therapeutic Approach to Teaching Poetry, the journey from theory to text in both literary criticism and psychology has been gracefully extended to personal and social development. As an educator and therapist, I have found that whether the poetic is experienced in the classroom or clinic, whether it is written or read alone or with others, it can serve in growth and healing capacities. Todd O. Williams, in this scholarly and practical book, is in effect making a compelling offer to writers, educators, therapists, and others to continue a dialogue to advance the common ground in literary, therapeutic, educational, and community-building studies." - Nicholas Mazza, Dean and professor, College of Social Work, Florida State University; author of Poetry Therapy: Theory and Practice "Drawing on the work of Freud, Klein, Lacan, Kristeva, cognitive psychoanalysis, neuropsychoanalysis, and poetry therapy, Williams offers a theoretically sophisticated and classroom-tested strategy for teaching poetry in a way that promotes cognitive and emotional developments that contribute both to students' greater personal well-being and to social justice. This is a brilliant and ground-breaking book that will be indispensable to anyone who cares about the personal or social benefits of reading and studying poetry." - Mark Bracher, Kent State University; author of Radical Pedagogy: Identity, Generativity, and Social Transformation"This is a valuable book for teachers who want their practice to be truly useful to students. The argument is eminently practical, and the writing is lucid, well-organized, and conceptually shrewd." - Marshall Alcorn, George Washington University; author of Changing the Subject in English Class: Discourse and the Constructions of Desire