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ERIC Number: EJ1011168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Spectral Strangers: Charlotte Bronte's Teachers
Devine, Nesta
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v45 n4 p383-395 2013
In this article I attempt to engage with Charlotte Bronte as both a teacher and a philosopher. In her depiction of two impoverished gentlewomen as teachers Bronte is, as is often pointed out, drawing on her own history, but she is also exploring two conflicting contemporary philosophic notions: the romantic ideal and the ideal of rationality, as they are played out in the lives of women. Bronte uses the plot device of taking her teachers into new environments, from where as strangers they can report to the reader on the conditions they experience. But the teachers are also strangers in the teaching environments of their employment and, moreover, as individuals are stripped of all familial and social support. While her pedagogic strategies may not be appealing to twentieth century tastes, Bronte and her creations still have something to say about the issues, choices and constraints faced by young and inexperienced teachers, and the available subject-positions teachers may construct for themselves as they grapple with their own foreignness in their classrooms or other teaching situations.
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Language: English
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