Hermeneutics, Metacognition, and Writing

Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo (Ed.)

by Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo (Lehigh University; University of Maryland Global Campus), T. Madison Peschock (Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ), Susan Stangeland , Juliet Emanuel (CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College), Patricia Pasda (Syracuse University), Jill Kroeger Kinkade (University of Southern Indiana)

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In her collection of essays featuring the work of literary giants like Toni Morrison, and Emily Dickinson, editor Maryann P. DiEdwardo and her contributors map out the terrain of grief and injustice and make convincing arguments about the efficacy of literature to heal wounds. These ambitious essays are at once erudite, engaging, and remarkably hopeful

Stephanie Powell Watts,
won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for her debut story collection, 'We Are Taking Only What We Need' (2012), also named one of 2013's Best Summer Reads by O: The Oprah Magazine

Patti Pasda as artist is a painter of animals, especially horses, and it is obvious that she is attuned to their free spirits. As a person-in-the-community, she is equally engaged and understanding, whether she is interacting with an individual or supporting action for global betterment. Patti Pasda -- courageous, loyal, loving.

Professor Emeritus John F Vickrey,
Lehigh University

'Hermeneutics, Metacognition, and Writing' investigates the social functionality of actions as an essential criterion of study. It focuses on hermeneutics: interpretation through the lens of philosophy of metacognition.

Vital contributions to the book include several chapters by Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo herself, which explore various facets of the central topic, including the intersectionality of hermeneutics, metacognition, and semiotics, as well as social movements. Dr. Juliet Emmanuel writes on the subject of the connections between hermeneutics, metacognition, and writing, and Jill Kroeger Kinkade presents a chapter on D.H.Lawrence, Hilda Doolittle, and Virginia Woolf’s portrayals of consciousness. Patricia Pasda discusses what links Sr. Francis of Assisi, dogs, and hermeneutics; Dr. T. Madison Peschock presents a feminist paper concerning abuse of those not wielding power. Susan Stangeland offers her expertise and scholarship in the area of Biblical Hermeneutics.

This collection of critiques and case studies examines the imagined cultural landscape of specific works and associated activities such as fine art, music, poetry, and digital humanities, which aim to initiate self-monitoring as metacognition, or meta-reflection, by creating interior interpersonal space to overcome adversity. This edited volume will be of particular interest to scholars and students of textual hermeneutics as it relates to prose writing and artistic works in non-verbal media.

Editor’s Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Editor’s Introduction

Chapter 1 The Intersectionality of Hermeneutics, Metacognition, and Semiotics
Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo
Lehigh University; University of Maryland Global Campus

Chapter 2 Exegesis of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe and Thomas Merton
Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo
Lehigh University; University of Maryland Global Campus

Chapter 3 Social Movements: Frank Bidart, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jack Kerouac
Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo
Lehigh University; University of Maryland Global Campus

Chapter 4 The Development and Impact of Joy Adamson’s Work with Lions in Africa
Patricia J. Pasda, B.F.A., M.F.A.
Syracuse University

Chapter 5 “Mrs. Hitchcock’s Coming Out Party: The Injustice to Women in Hitchcock’s Life Revealed in Films”
Dr. T. Madison Peschock
Ocean County College

Chapter 6 Social Justice and Cultural Landscape in Toni Morrison’s Beloved
Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo
Lehigh University; University of Maryland Global Campus

Chapter 7 Metacognitive Pedagogy Breaks Down Interpersonal Borders
Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo
Lehigh University; University of Maryland Global Campus

Chapter 8 Biblical Hermeneutics and the Book of Job
Susan Strangeland
Independent Scholar

Chapter 9 Reflections from a Reading Classroom
Dr. Juliet Emanuel
Borough of Manhattan Community College

Chapter 10 Francis of Assisi, A Tale of a Dog and Hermeneutics
Patricia Pasda, B.F.A., M.F.A.
Syracuse University

Chapter 11 Narrative Hermeneutics
Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo
Lehigh University; University of Maryland Global Campus

Chapter 12 The Poetic Vision of Emily Dickinson: A Case Study
Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo
Lehigh University; University of Maryland Global Campus

Chapter 13 New Utterances, the Overmind, and Moments of Being: Three Modernists Reach Beyond Ordinary Consciousness
Jill Kroeger Kinkade
University of Southern Indiana

Chapter 14 Conclusion
Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo
Lehigh University; University of Maryland Global Campus

Bibliography of Works by Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo
List of Presentations by Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo

Maryann P. DiEdwardo holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.A in English from Lehigh University, and a Doctor of Education from California Coast University. She is a poet, educator, published author, Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland University College, and recipient of many accolades and awards such as the 2018 Professional Achievement Award and the 2016 Karen Lentz Award from the College English Association, as well as the 2017 University of Maryland University College Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award.

Maryann’s widespread research interests include literacy, metacognition, pairing music and linguistic intelligences, social justice, poetics, American women writers and writing as therapy; to name a few. Her published work includes Pairing Music and Linguistic Intelligences (Record, 2005), American Women Writers, Poetics, and the Nature of Gender Study (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016), and The Legacy of Katharine Hepburn (AuthorHouse, 2008). In 2017 DiEdwardo was interviewed for the documentary Les Couples Mythiques du Cinema, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy by Bertrand Tessier.

interpretation and understanding, culture and media studies, communication, adult education, social justice, environment, naturalism, animals, science, ecology, feminism, lions, Secular and Biblical Hermeneutics, Humanism, social change, humanitarianism, equality, case study research, injustices to women, poetic and aesthetic praxis, Hurston, Kerouac, The Beat Generation, Frank Bidart (Pulitzder-Prize), LGBTQIA poetry, Casual inference, African American culture, 20th century, Magic Realism of Zora Neale Hurston, A quantitative research project, peaceful mindfulness, re-imagine, bi-cultural issue of immigration, Pedagogy, Social Justice, educational models, paradigms and frameworks, cultural studies. LGBTQIA, writing to heal, literary creative process. exegesis, pathos, critical thinking, Franciscan Friar Maximilian Kolbe, interreligious dialogue, Trappist Monk Thomas Merton, Psalms, The Book of Job

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Book Title

Hermeneutics, Metacognition, and Writing





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236mm x 160mm


4 B&W

Publication date

March 2020