University of Helsinki
Howard Sklar is a doctoral student in the Department of English at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The working title for his dissertation is The Art of Sympathy: Forms of Moral and Emotional Persuasion in Fiction. His essay “Believable Fictions: The Moral Implications of Story-Based Emotions” appeared in the collection Cognition and Literary Interpretation in Practice (Helsinki University Press, 2005). His essay on the structure of sympathy in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath will appear in Dialogue: The Grapes of Wrath (Rodopi 2009). Sklar recently taught “Fiction, Ethics and the Significance of Reading,” a course offered through the departments of English, Aesthetics and Comparative Literature at the University of Helsinki. In addition to his university-related work, Sklar teaches English in the public schools of Espoo, Finland. He has been a secondary-school English teacher, in the United States or in Finland, since 1987. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Essays in Partial Answers
Narrative as Experience : The Pedagogical Implications of Sympathizing with Fictional Characters
Volume 6, Number 2, May 2008
Narrative as a Way of Thinking