Jane Tompkins, long associated with Duke University, moved to
Chicago in 1999 and now is a full professor at the University of
Illinois in Chicago where she is
the Assistant to the Provost for Campus
Environment. Her interests have stemmed from the intensive
study of literature, to popular culture's affects on society, to
teaching and learning.
According to her website, she is also interested in "spirituality
in education, the culture of institutions, and creativity in the
workplace," all interests that she is able to fulfill in her
current position at UIC.
Your selection comes from her book
Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American Fiction,
1790-1860, in which she argues that literary works that have
traditionally been held to be better than others might have
cultural, demographical help in achieving that higher status.
Her latest book is
A Life in School: What the Teacher Learned.
Photograph of Jane Tompkins in 1999, from http://www.augie.edu/pub/bush/Archive/tompkins.html
Please note that the
link on the syllabus goes to an excerpt and not to the full article, as is
assigned and which is contained in your reading packet.
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21 April 2008
. Copyright Kimberly M. Radek, 2001.