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ERIC Number: EJ1075727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
Phantom Traces: Exploring a Hermeneutical Approach to Autobiography in Curriculum Studies
Strong-Wilson, Teresa
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v47 n5 p613-632 2015
Autobiography presently occupies a beleaguered place in education, not unlike teachers, whose lives have been diminished through the current emphasis on testing outcomes. This paper uses WG Sebald's writings as a place from which to relook at the relationship between writing and a life lived. Sebald was a German writer born in the shadow of WWII who wrestled with his difficult inheritance. The paper considers the "phantom traces" of the author in Sebald's creative writing, using the example of the story he tells of Paul Bereyter, Sebald's elementary teacher. Paul committed suicide by laying himself on the railroad tracks of the town that first denied him the opportunity to teach during WWII yet accepted him back to the classroom after the war. Apparent in the telling of Paul's story is Sebald's interest in an "invisible subject"--the prolonged effect of the past, especially traumatic events, on thinking, feeling human beings. The paper draws on Sebald's particular way of writing about his subject "at a slant" so as to argue for a hermeneutical approach to "currere," or autobiography in education.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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