The Elephants Teach: Creative Writing Since 1880

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Prentice Hall, 1996 - Authors as teachers - 224 pages
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The Elephants Teach is a captivating account of how creative writing has become an integral part of our culture since the last decades of the nineteenth century. A story of the American will-to-art, it also offers a comprehensive reinterpretation of the development of English as a field of study. D.G. Myers argues that English has been split into three rival and antagonist fields: composition, literary scholarship, and the constructive art of literature, which includes both creative writing and literary criticism. He traces this split from the earliest days of the discipline, when it was called philology, through the rise of English composition and the critical wars of the thirties, down to the present. Along the way, he tells how poets and writers turned to university teaching as a means of economic support, restoring a neglected chapter in the history of American authorship and literary education.

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"This material I think should be required for anyone who intends to teach creative writing on the college or university level."-Patrick Bizzaro, College Composition and Communication Read full review

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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,

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