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Respect the Text: Teaching Textual Primacy to Non-English Majors

In the past, I have used the first day of my literature survey classes to define the big-picture, to have the class bond with each other, to watch a movie version of the first assigned text, and to jump right into literary analysis.   Since I usually teach this course in a 2.5hr block, I can do many of these things on the first day.  So far, I haven’t yet hit…