ERIC Number: EJ1164894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Globalizing Literature Pedagogy: Applying Cosmopolitan Ethical Criticism to the Teaching of Literature
Choo, Suzanne S.
Harvard Educational Review, v87 n3 p335-356 Fall 2017
With global risks such as terrorism, fundamentalism, and xenophobia permeating our everyday consciousness, there is a pressing need for educators to cultivate in their students a cosmopolitan hospitality toward multiple and marginalized others in the world. Yet, despite growing interest in ethics among literary scholars, theorizations of ethical criticism are predominantly observed among scholars working in university settings rather than at high schools, and major scholarly texts on ethical criticism focus on literary texts that provoke ethical responses rather than on pedagogical strategies. In this essay, Suzanne Choo aims to address these two gaps by arguing that cosmopolitan ethical criticism should be a core feature of literature pedagogy in schools and by describing its potential for developing students as global ethical thinkers. The article situates cosmopolitan ethical criticism by distinguishing it from two other disciplinary practices, aesthetic criticism and didactic ethical criticism. It goes on to describe what cosmopolitan ethical criticism may look like in the classroom by examining pedagogical approaches to teaching literature employed by four high school teachers in Australia, Singapore, and the United States.
Descriptors: Ethics, Literature, Teaching Methods, Criticism, Aesthetics, Cultural Awareness, Disadvantaged, Prosocial Behavior, Secondary School Teachers, High School Students, Cross Cultural Studies, Foreign Countries
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Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Singapore; United States
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