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ERIC Number: EJ907820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
The Rhetorical Construction of the Nation in Education: The Case of Flanders
Rutten, Kris; Mottart, Andre; Soetaert, Ronald
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v42 n6 p775-790 2010
This paper examines what can be learnt from "new rhetoric" (focusing on the work of the American rhetorician Kenneth Burke [1897-1993]) about (national) identity and discusses how nationalism can be taught from such a rhetorical perspective. Despite the "deconstruction" of nation(alism) as a grand narrative, there is a new tendency towards emphasizing national identity, caused by trends such as globalization and multiculturalism. In the language and literature teaching curriculum, this paradoxical situation often causes frictions for teachers who very often are expected to teach standard language and national literature. The hypothesis is that rhetoric is a tool to deal with these tensions in the curriculum. This paper focuses on Flanders as a case-study. Together with pre-service teachers it analysed the rhetorical construction of Flanders from a "dramatistic" perspective. It is argued that Burke's concepts are useful tools to make students "symbol-wise": to understand the way national symbols work, and to develop critical engagement with, as well as on behalf of, those symbols. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium