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ERIC Number: EJ937951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
"East Is East": Using Film to Disrupt University Classroom Narratives around Childhood and Identity
Holmes, Rachel
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v15 n3 p367-384 2007
This paper considers how a university teacher uses reflexive writings to explore what might constitute becoming a 'better' teacher within her classroom practices. The writings derive from an encounter with students where they had opportunity to reflect upon notions of childhood as portrayed within the film "East is East". Specifically, the paper grapples with the question: "Does [the film] "East is East" seek to reassure white audiences of the practical adequacies of western culture and society?". Reflexive writings that are based on the teaching session are used as a context for deconstructive readings. These prompt shifting reconceptualisations of the "teaching self" and the students, as well as a sharper awareness of how visual and narrative spaces might be colonised by particular interpretations of what it is to be British-white, British-Asian, South-Asian and British-Muslim. The paper reflects upon ways responses to the film's characterisations are read in particular ways; and how they might be re-read in ways that allow for indeterminate moments within the complexities of the film's visual narratives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)