This article dwells on the “I” who arrives in the university classroom by offering an earnest assessment of the vulnerabilities that one teacher-scholar of African American literature and culture brings with her into the classroom. Observations unfold by way of a critical, reflexive engagement with theories of haunting and Toni Morrison's novel Beloved, in order to account for some of the roots and routes, histories and inheritances, that call this I into being.
The I Who Arrives: A Meditation on History as Inheritance
Tayana L. Hardin is assistant professor of African American literature at the University of Denver. Her teaching interests include pedagogy, feminist criticism, and American literary history. As a teacher, she uses critical and creative writing methods and various modes of performance to enhance students’ literary experience. She is the 2017 recipient of the University of Denver’s William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award.
Tayana L. Hardin; The I Who Arrives: A Meditation on History as Inheritance. Pedagogy 1 October 2018; 18 (3): 531–540. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-6936939
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