Michigan State University

Film Studies, Theatre, English Literature, Composition Studies

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We welcome your help in curating this bibliography. To suggest additional resources, comments, or insights related to inclusive teaching, please contact the following librarians directly, or fill out this form.

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Databases & Terms Searched: 

For subject specific databases use the Modern Language Association Internation Bibliography (MLAIB) for English Literature, Composition Studies, Theatre, and Film Studies, and ERIC for teaching-specific research and studies. Search terms used were "inclusive pedagogy."


Humanities education in general usually deals with “inclusion” from a content perspective. The over-arching narrative for quite some time has been to challenge canonical texts—a perspective that largely came out of the civil rights and feminist movements. This all became known as the “culture wars” when in 1987 Allen Bloom published THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND (which argued for the great texts of western civilization), and there have been endless detractors since. So inclusiveness and diversity permeate the landscape of pedagogy in higher education.

Relevant Journals: 


College Composition and Communication

Liberal Education


English Literature

Smith, Jennifer J. "Teaching the Short-Story Cycle, Teaching American Literature." Pedagogy 16.2 (2016): 207-227.

Composition Studies

Alexander, Jonathan, and Jacqueline Rhodes. "Flattening Effects: Composition's Multicultural Imperative and the Problem of Narrative Coherence." College Composition and Communication 65.3 (2014): 430.

Stiles, Stefanie. "From “Representative” to Relatable Constructing Pedagogical Canons Based on Student Ethical Engagement." Pedagogy 13.3 (2013): 487-503.

Film Studies

Ciezadlo, Janina. "Pedagogy in action: Urban images in film and media." Afterimage 37.2 (2009): 53.

Caughie, Pamela L. "Let it pass: Changing the subject, once again." Publications of the Modern Language Association of America (1997): 26-39.


Stith, Nathaniel Lawrence. "Delimiting Diversity in Contemporary American Theatre: A Study of the use of Identity-Based Categories in Introduction to Theatre Textbooks." Order No. DA3665870 U of Colorado, Boulder, 2014.

Kindelan, Nancy. "Theatre Studies as a Practical Liberal Education." Liberal Education 90.4 (2004): 48-54.

Contact Info

Michael Rodriguez
Humanities Librarian
(517) 884-6395