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ERIC Number: EJ776469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0034-527X
Bakhtin and the Teaching of Literature
Morson, Gary Saul
Research in the Teaching of English, v41 n3 p350-357 Feb 2007
In this article, the author talks about Bakhtin's ethical concerns on the teaching of novels. In his writings on ethics, Bakhtin outlined numerous ways in which thinkers can avoid engaging with the world. They can live "representatively" by allowing the ideology or religion to which they subscribe make their moral decisions for them. Intellectual systems thus provide an "alibi for being," to use Bakhtin's term. But to be truly alive and truly ethical is to recognize that "there is no alibi." Without any guarantees, one must directly engage with others and expose oneself to perspectives and feelings different from one's own. One must "risk" one's sense of self and most cherished values. The author also mentions about Bakhtin's idea of "dialogue" and fostering the enriching dialogue by helping students learn three skills namely, (1) translation; (2) identify; and (3) impersonate. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A