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ERIC Number: EJ823934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0260-1370
Education, Death and Awakening: Hesse, Freire and the Process of Transformation
Roberts, Peter
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v28 n1 p57-69 Jan 2009
Education is a key theme in a number of Hermann Hesse's novels and short stories. This paper focuses on Hesse's last and longest fictional work, "The Glass Bead Game", and analyses the transformation of Joseph Knecht, the central character, in the light of Paulo Freire's theory of education. It is argued that over time Knecht develops a critical consciousness, becoming less certain of his certainties, more aware of his own incompleteness, and increasingly convinced of the importance of teaching. Dialogue plays a pivotal role in the development of Knecht's critical awakening and his understanding of himself and his vocation as a human being. The paper discusses the relationship between conscientisation and contemplation, considers the significance of death as a theme in the novel, and reflects on some of the educational implications arising from Hesse's work. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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