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Robert Aston

Robert Aston

  • English Faculty
  • 718-836-9800 x6560
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  • Dyker Heights
  • Upper School

“I think that when teaching literature, it is imperative that we consider seriously the experience of reading itself. The characters and events of literary texts don’t exist in closed books.”
Dr. Robert Aston has taught English at Poly since 2019. He holds a PhD from Columbia University, where he wrote his dissertation on the history and evolution of the concept of the literary canon by applying the ideas of the French philosopher Michel Foucault to the study of literature. He has taught in both California and New York and also at the university level. Robert is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Modern Language Association (MLA). He has published several academic works, including the book The Role of the Literary Canon in the Teaching of Literature (published by Routledge), and is currently working on a book on philosophy and literature. Robert especially enjoys teaching literature because “No two students—no two classes—ever respond to literary texts in exactly the same way.

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