All The Classroom's a Stage: Feminism, Teaching, and the Art of Performance Teachers are really performers, classrooms are stages, and students the captivated audience. Dynamic, animated, and often unpredictable, Jyl Lynn Felman's approach to teaching breaks new ground, creating a rich and intellectual theater of ideas for her students.
In beautifully written prose, Felman invites us to take a seat and watch her one-woman show. This is where the feminist classroom meets live guerilla theater and once the show has begun, learning becomes interactive, intentionally dramatic and fully engaging as it was always meant to be. No one is left behind, bored or disinterested. All the cast, students, teaching assistants, as well as the professor, become intellectually open and vulnerable to the world of ideas.
A dramatic transformation of the traditional classroom, "All The Classroom's a Stage" challenges the reader to rethink the nature of learning and shows what can happen in the act of teaching. In the process, Felman takes on some of the most important issues on college campuses today, including identity politics, sexual harassment, race relations, eating disorders, tenure, and the value of teaching. Felman suggests the prototype for a new kind of educator-bold, effective, and visionary. This is a performance not to be missed.
Jyl Lynn Felman is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Brandeis University. She is a lawyer and performance artist. Her one-woman show, If Only I'd Been Born A Kosher Chicken, has been aired on C-SPAN and she has appeared on NPR and the BBC. Her previous books include, Hot Chicken Wings (1992), which was a Lambda Literary Awards Finalist, and Cravings(1997), a memoir.
Praise for Jyl Lynn Felman: "With her sharp-eyed sensibility.the work of Jyl Lynn Felman is always revealing as she tracks the forbidden edges of being Jewish, female, lesbian at the end of the twentieth century." -Adrienne Rich
A must-read for teachers and anyone interested in the transformative powers of education Beautifully crafted essays on the politics of the university
Felman is well-known among the Jewish, gay and lesbian, and women's studies' communities.
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