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Irvin Stock; UMass professor stressed literature’s nuances

Irvin Stock taught at UMass Boston from 1966 until the mid-1980s, and preferred a participatory instruction method. Irvin Stock taught at UMass Boston from 1966 until the mid-1980s, and preferred a participatory instruction method.
By Emma Stickgold
Globe Correspondent / February 21, 2012
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Irvin Stock, former English department chairman at the University of Massachusetts Boston, often asked students what they liked about what they just read, before offering his own thoughts. His favorite word was complexity. “And that says a lot about the way he looked at life, and the way he looked at literature,’’ said longtime friend Jack Davis, who added that Dr. Stock argued against oversimplification. “He looked for subtler nuances both in experiences and in books, so it was a very memorable part of him.’’

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