Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz
Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz

A book co-edited by Professor of Comparative Literature Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz was chosen as the inaugural winner of the Teaching Literature Book Award. The international, juried prize is sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in English and the Teaching of English at Idaho State University (ISU).

Rabinowitz co-edited From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom with Fiona McHardy of the University of Roehampton, U.K. The book was published in 2014 by Ohio State University Press. It focuses on helping faculty approach issues in the ancient material that may make students and faculty uncomfortable in class.

Jessica Winston, ISU professor of English and chair of the award committee, said of From Abortion to Pederasty: “The book prepares instructors to teach a range of topics related to ancient Greece and Rome, providing advice on how to deal with topics students can find troubling—topics such as rape, death, disability and homosexuality in classical times.”

In its commendation, the award committee praised the wide relevance and potential reach of the volume, saying “the essays present strategies that will help teachers of literature as well as other subjects rethink their approaches to a wide range of topics and texts.”

From Abortion to Pederasty includes a chapter by Barbara Gold, the Edward North Professor of Classics, titled “Teaching Ancient Comedy: Joking about Race, Ethnicity, and Slavery.”

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