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ERIC Number: EJ893520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Reading "The Lorax," Orienting in Potentiality
Sloane, Amy
Environmental Education Research, v16 n3-4 p415-428 2010
"The Lorax" by Theodor Seuss Geisel (1971) is a popular children's book with a strong environmental message. Previous scholarship on "The Lorax" has focused on questions about the message and the process of its transmission from the Once-ler to the child. In contrast, in this study I inquire into the activity of transmission itself. Guided by the work of Agamben and Foucault, I analyze "The Lorax" and the activity of transmission as matters of human potentiality. I first present an analysis of the logic and function of potentiality itself. Then, with "The Lorax" as an example, I expose and critique the activity of transmission as one orientation in potentiality. I also indicate ways in which environmental education theory and practice maintains itself in this orientation. Beyond this, I show how "The Lorax" indirectly presents another orientation which offers a different way of conceiving the child, reading and critique.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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