The elephants teach: creative writing since 1880

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Prentice Hall, Jan 1, 1996 - Education - 224 pages
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This book traces the development of "creative" writing as (1) a classroom subject, the teaching of fiction- and verse-writing; and (2) a national system for the employment of fiction writers and poets to teach the subject. It answers the questions, "Why has fiction and verse writing come to be called TcreativeU?" and "When and why was this term first used?" It surveys the study and teaching of language and literature, from the beginnings of philology early in the 19th century to the split of its province and the ending of its use, when science made its entry into life and education.

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Review: The Elephants Teach: Creative Writing Since 1880

User Review  - Hannah Spencer - Goodreads

Can't say I read it very carefully. I should probably read it more carefully one day. The history of creative writing is definitely important to consider, especially if we want to think about the future of the creative writing program. Read full review

Review: The Elephants Teach: Creative Writing Since 1880

User Review  - Laurel Perez - Goodreads

This book thought dry at times, provides a fantastic look at how and why we teach creative writing the way we have in the past, when we didn't, and how we do now. Very thought provoking, and I think an important book for English instructors to read. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

D. G. Myers is associate professor of English at Texas A&M University. He is coeditor of the anthology "Unrelenting Readers: The New Poet-Critics,