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A podcast all about the ways people teach, learn, and work with literature. Host Jessica McDonald talks about how she teaches with literature and interviews folks from traditional and non-traditional educational contexts to find out what they're doing with literature these days. Episodes released weekly on Tuesdays.

A podcast all about the ways people teach, learn, and work with literature. Host Jessica McDonald talks about how she teaches with literature and interviews folks from traditional and non-traditional educational contexts to find out what they're doing with literature these days. Episodes released weekly on Tuesdays.

Location:

Canada

Description:

A podcast all about the ways people teach, learn, and work with literature. Host Jessica McDonald talks about how she teaches with literature and interviews folks from traditional and non-traditional educational contexts to find out what they're doing with literature these days. Episodes released weekly on Tuesdays.

Language:

English


Episodes

1.18 Interview with Wendy Roy / On Researching, Writing, and Publishing The Next Instalment

3/30/2021
Heeey y'all! On today's episode of Teachin' Books, we're talking about something a bit different: research, writing, and publishing as forms of teaching and learning. The episode features part of the book launch for The Next Instalment: Serials, Sequels, and Adaptations of Nellie L. McClung, L.M. Montgomery, and Mazo de la Roche, written by Wendy Roy, Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Saskatchewan. In the launch recording, Wendy reads from the book and answers questions...

Duration:01:02:47

1.17 Listener Q&A / Catch-Up Episode!

3/23/2021
Today's episode is a bit of a catch-up / breather: I'm answering a few listener questions and emails and, along the way, returning to some of the podcast's ongoing topics of interest. Topics like... statue activism, book clubs (I ask: why do some last and some don't?), recording the podcast, teaching challenging texts, and the often energizing circumstance of teaching students who think English is a whole bunch of bullshit. I hope you enjoy! Tonya Davidson's work1.1 Interview with Jade...

Duration:00:22:37

1.16 Interview with Jordan Bolay / Dungeons and Dragons

3/16/2021
It's heeeeeere! I'm so excited to share this Teachin' Books episode on Dungeons and Dragons, featuring Jordan Bolay, who is an instructor of English at Pearson College UWC. Even if you're not a DnD player, I think you'll like our chat! We get into: DnD as an experiential learning practice, and as a text to be studied in literature classes (plus, as a language-learning tool); games and play in the classroom; and roleplay as a method to teach issues around ethics, empathy, and ecological...

Duration:01:04:48

1.15 Robert Montgomery's Public Poetry Installations

3/9/2021
On today's episode, I'm talking about the public poetry installations of London-based poet and artist Robert Montgomery. I use Montgomery's work in my first-year undergrad poetry class to consider important dimensions of and questions brought up by public poetry, such as: how these poems blur the line between "art" and "the real world"; how materiality and physical position shapes meaning; where poetry belongs and who has access to it; what kind of art or poetry is "permitted" in public...

Duration:00:31:11

1.14 Interview with Rebekah Ludolph / Hiromi Goto's The Kappa Child

3/2/2021
Heeeeey y'all! We're back to talkin' about book clubs today as Ph.D. candidate Rebekah Ludolph shares her experience reading Hiromi Goto's novel The Kappa Child (2001) in a book club that encourages the goal of reading to learn. At the same time, Rebekah complicates the idea of reading for "social change" and draws from her doctoral research to discuss the nuances, limitations, and possibilities in the act of reading. Other topics of the episode include: types of readers and reading...

Duration:01:10:03

1.13 Janelle Monáe's "Pynk" and Vivek Shraya's "Part-time Woman"

2/23/2021
I've been really excited to share this episode with you: today, I talk about teachin' Janelle Monáe's song/music video "Pynk" in combination with Vivek Shraya's song/music video "Part-time Woman"! This is always a fun combo to teach. In this episode: teaching students methods of reading the visual dimensions of texts (moving from identification to meaning to significance), facilitating discussions about the visual vocabularies of these music videos, and negotiating ideas of "womanhood"...

Duration:00:30:43

1.12 Interview with Taylor Brown / Thomas King's The Inconvenient Indian

2/2/2021
On today's episode of Teachin' Books, undergraduate student Taylor Brown shares her experiences working as a tour guide while she was also reading and thinking through Thomas King's 2012 non-fiction work The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. Topics from our chat include: being subversive despite/versus the constraints and norms of a profession; navigating Canada's history and geography as a settler tour guide in a position of authority; and the...

Duration:01:01:00

1.11 Jes Baker's Landwhale

1/26/2021
January sucks and I am here to talk about why! :D If you need a more positive tagline than that, I can't help you. In this episode, I talk about teachin' Jes Baker's memoir Landwhale: On Turning Insults into Nicknames, Why Body Image is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass. Topics of interest include: memoir, rhetorical appeals (logos, ethos, pathos), "health" and "wellness" (heavy scare quotes), body politics, and fat activism. Plus, I talk about a self-reflection assignment I use when I...

Duration:00:34:16

1.10 Interview with Tara Chambers / Andre Alexis's Fifteen Dogs

1/19/2021
Teachin' Books is baaaaack! It appears it's a new, but still garbage, year -- yay?! On today's episode, I chat with my friend Tara Chambers about a novel we both teach in undergraduate classes: Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis. Tara talks about teachin' this novel in a class themed around the question "What is humanity?" or "What does it mean to be human?", and I chat about teachin' it in a class that deconstructs "nature vs. culture." Also of note: Tara's discussion of the novel in relation...

Duration:01:00:12

Holiday special!

12/26/2020
I'm back from hiatus to share with you this sweet and joy-filled Holiday special episode, which I recorded with my mom Kathy and my cousin Whitney! We planned to just "shoot the shit," as they say, about topics like books and reading, family and parenting, and the holidays. And shoot the shit we did, indeed! :D Listen in if you'd like to hear us share some warm memories, reflect on "raising a reader," and talk about books & family bonding, authorship & identity, Harry Potter, Little House...

Duration:00:45:29

1.9 Interview with Jocelyne Vogt / Harold Cardinal's "A Canadian What the Hell It's All About"

12/15/2020
It's the last official episode of 2020! As I mention in this episode and the last, I'm taking a break from producing the podcast, and I'll be back in January 2021. On this episode, I'm chatting with Jocelyne Vogt about teaching Harold Cardinal's essay "A Canadian What the Hell It's All About" in her high school English Language Arts classes in the Francophone school system in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Our conversation includes: how curricular requirements and standards (e.g. text lists)...

Duration:00:44:09

1.8 Douglas Coupland's JPod

12/7/2020
Nearing the one-year anniversary -- if such a term applies -- of my dissertation defence, I am taking this opportunity to mark the occasion by chatting about an author I've spent around a decade of my life studying: Douglas Coupland. In this episode, I talk about teachin' Coupland's novel JPod (2006) in a third-year Canadian literature course. Of note, from the episode: feeling unprepared but doing things anyway; forms of reading and how they're validated in teaching and learning spaces...

Duration:00:34:05

1.7 Interview with Anita Smith / William Shakespeare's & Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan's As You Like It

12/1/2020
We’re talkin’ Shakespeare today! In this episode, I chat with theatre artist Anita Smith about her production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan’s 2019 season. We talk about the parallels between directing and teaching, about why she chose Alice in Wonderland as a "hook" for the show, about directing As You Like It in the era of Trump, and about how the practicalities of labour and bodies inform what we can do in theatre and education (spoiler...

Duration:00:58:06

1.6 Interview with Catherine Nygren / The Stanley Parable

11/24/2020
Y'all. Today we're teachin' VIDEO GAAAMES and I'm so excited! I'm not really a big gamer, but I loved chatting with Catherine Nygren about the ways she incorporates The Stanley Parable into her intro to literature classes. The Stanley ParableSteamits Wikipedia pagethe handoutThe Stanley ParableThe Stanley Parable Javy GwaltneyGregory Andersona newer postHere "procedural rhetoric."Here Pleasure Activismon their websitethis news storyThe podcast music is by Dyalla Swain, whose work you can...

Duration:01:04:45

1.5 Instapoetry

11/17/2020
Heyyy all! I’m talkin’ about Instapoetry in today’s episode of Teachin’ Books. In particular, I share three short exercises I use to teach Instapoetry, two of which (in response to a listener request (!!!)) were designed for online teaching environments. I also chat a bit about the debates that surround Instapoetry and why the question “what counts as poetry?” matters. Rupi KaurLang LeavAtticusAmanda LovelacesonnetsElizabeth Barrett Browning“Do Not Go Gentle into That Good...

Duration:00:31:56

1.4 Interview with Alice Munro Book Club members / Alice Munro's Dear Life

11/10/2020
In this episode of Teachin’ Books, I talk to a few members from the lovely Alice Munro book club I’ve been participating in this year: Sarah Roger, Taylor Graham, Tracy Ware, Sandra Hoenle, and Bob Thacker. We chat about Alice Munro’s short story collection Dear Life and, in general, about the experience of ~being in a book club~ (particularly during the pandemic) and how book clubs intersect with teaching and learning. Stories! Feelings! The realities of book-clubbing via Zoom! This...

Duration:01:03:36

1.3 Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go

11/3/2020
In this episode of Teachin’ Books, I talk to... myself!... about teaching Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel Never Let Me Go. Turning the Tide McNally Robinsonfilm adaptationDorothy Ellen Palmer's workMétis in SpaceThe podcast music is by Dyalla Swain, whose work you can find here. The podcast graphics are by @muskrathands. You can follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram @TeachinBooksPod. To chat about the podcast, use the hashtag #TeachinBooksPod. You can also get in touch at...

Duration:00:33:08

1.2 Interview with Joanne Leow / David Chariandy's Brother

10/27/2020
In this episode of Teachin’ Books, host Jessica McDonald talks to Dr. Joanne Leow, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan, about teaching David Chariandy's novel Brother. Find out moreBrotherThe Black Prairie Archives Wilfrid Laurier University Presshere on YouTube.Go here“mihkokwaniy”“This is America”“Harlem”“Empire State of Mind”Reasonable Doubt Consecrated Ground Unteachable The podcast music is by Dyalla Swain, whose work you can find here. The podcast graphics...

Duration:00:58:56

1.1 Interview with Jade McDougall / Marilyn Dumont's "Letter to Sir John A Macdonald"

10/20/2020
In this first official / full-length episode of Teachin’ Books, host Jessica McDonald talks to Ph.D. candidate and instructor Jade McDougall about teaching Marilyn Dumont’s “Letter to Sir John A Macdonald.” So, today we’re teachin’ POEMS, y’all. hereMuskrat MagazinehereLiving Treaties: Narrating Mi’kmaw Treaty RelationsThe podcast music is by Dyalla Swain, whose work you can find here. The podcast graphics are by today’s rad guest, @muskrathands. You can follow the podcast on Twitter and...

Duration:00:38:20

0.0 Trailer / Intro & Intentions

10/13/2020
Welcome to Teachin' Books! In this first episode / minisode / trailer (who can decide?), host Jessica McDonald chats about her intentions for the podcast and about what you can expect in future episodes. Dissonant Methods: Undoing Discipline in the Humanities Classroompodcasting as a community- and relationship- building practice, or as “collaborative co-creation."“SpokenWeb Podcasting as Scholarly Feminist Practice” Sôhkêyihta: The Poetry of Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe The podcast...

Duration:00:16:15