Storytelling in the Classroom: How the Oral Tradition Enhances Teaching the Humanities
An examination of storytelling as an effective and accessible strategy in teaching literature and intercultural communication.
International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.127-136.
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Dr. Colleen J. McElroy lives in Seattle Washington, and is on the Creative Writing faculty of the Department of English at the University of Washington where she has taught for the past thirty-five years. Author of 14 books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, McElroy also is a folklorist, and as a Fulbright Scholar and a Dupont Distinguished Scholar has researched the oral tradition in a number of countries, including Madagascar, Vietnam, Sardinia, Cuba, Morocco, the former Yugoslavia, and the Cook Islands. Her text, OVER THE LIP OF THE WORLD: AMONG THE STORYTELLERS OF MADAGASCAR was a 2001 finalist in the PEN-USA-West awards. She has also received an American Book Award for her collection of poems, QUEEN OF THE EBONY ISLES. In addition to receiving tqwo Fulbright Fellowships, she has also received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Rockefeller Fellowship. She is currently editor-in-chief of the literary magazine, Seattle Review.
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