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Jean Trounstine

Lynn-Lowell Women's Program

Co-Founder, CLTL Women's Program

Jean Trounstine, a professor at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts, worked at Framingham Women's Prison for ten years where she directed eight plays and received awards for her work with women offenders. Her book, Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women's Prison, St. Martin's Press, 2001, was featured on NPR and released in paperback in 2004. She co-edited Changing Lives Through Literature for Notre Dame Press, 1999. Her book of poetry, Almost Home Free, was published by Pecan Grove Press 2003. She is the Co-Founder of the women's branch of CLTL.

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Gender in Changing Lives Through Literature
Follow a Program: Paradigm of the Lynn-Lowell Women's Program
Success and Failure in Changing Lives Through Literature
Teaching Specific Texts: Bean Trees
Teaching Specific Texts: Bluest Eye (I)
Teaching Specific Texts: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
Teaching Specific Texts: A Line of Cutting Women
Teaching Specific Texts: Strange Fits of Passion
Teaching Specific Texts: The Wife's Story
Teaching Specific Texts: Their Eyes Were Watching God
Teaching Strategies: Go-Round
Teaching Strategies: Use of Questions
Teaching Strategies: Use of the Syllabus

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