Laura Heffernan

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Laura Heffernan is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.  Laura is currently writing two books: “Unliterary Critics,” a study of critical practices in the modernist period, and – with Rachel Sagner Buurma – a new disciplinary history of English, titled “The Teaching Archive.”


New Disciplinary History

In the Spring of 2001, while a graduate student in Philadelphia, I inherited the instructorship for a Temple University continuing education course called, accurately if awkwardly, “Books You Wish You’d Read.” Everything about this gig screamed “easy money,” starting with the course title’s modest past perfect promise — no one, it seems, was expecting me to transform adult students into readers of the classics; all I had to do was turn a few classics into books they had read.