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ERIC Number: EJ901349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5456
"Who Is My Neighbor?" Reading World Literature through the Hermeneutics of Love
Netland, John
Journal of Education & Christian Belief, v11 n2 p67-82 2007
World literature courses reflect both the academy's and the Christian community's interest in a global education, but what theoretical assumptions inform the teaching of world literature? The oft-cited rationale for cultural diversity may prove insufficient if it leads merely to the assertion of difference as a self-justifying good. This essay claims a richer model of diversity, drawing on biblical themes as well as recent definitions of world literature and cosmopolitanism, to open up a hermeneutical space for transcultural understanding. The essay also argues that the study of world literature in the Christian classroom should be informed by a hermeneutic of charity which directs our reading toward love of God and neighbor. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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