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Webb, Darren – Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, 2023
On October 26, 2011, a post appeared on the Occupy Wall Street Library blog titled "I would prefer not to." The constant refrain of Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener" became one of Occupy's defining mottos, appearing on placards, T-shirts, and tote bags. The phrase became so symbolic that it was used on the posters…
Descriptors: Activism, Social Action, Politics, Futures (of Society)
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Vanhoutte, Kristof K. P. – Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2014
The present article investigates the rhythm of study as described by Giorgio Agamben in "The idea of study", present in Idea of prose. In this short treatise, Agamben presents Melville's scrivener Bartleby as the exemplary embodiment of study. Bartleby's paradigmatic status, according to Agamben's interpretation, does,…
Descriptors: Study, Educational Theories, Higher Education, Models
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Palmerino, Gregory – College English, 2011
Drawing on the case of a student of his who, like Herman Melville's Bartleby, simply preferred not to write, the author argues that current celebration of technology encourages passive resistance. He emphasizes that authentic, productive classroom experiences derive from in-person interactions that directly connect in relevant ways to students'…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Role, College Students, Student Attitudes
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Koegel, Ashley Kern – Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 2008
Originally published in "Putnam's Monthly Magazine" in 1853, nearly a century before autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was formally recognized, Herman Melville's "Bartleby" is the naive tale of a nonconforming, socially awkward character. However, when placed into contemporary context, retrospective analysis indicates that Bartleby may in fact have…
Descriptors: Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Identification, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Thorne, Ashley; Turscak, Marilee; Wood, Peter – National Association of Scholars, 2014
Assigning a summer reading to entering freshmen is a growing trend at hundreds of American colleges and universities. Colleges typically pick one book and ask students to read it outside their courses. Many invite the author to help kick off the year by speaking on campus at convocation. Most colleges see the key purpose of a common reading…
Descriptors: Books, College Freshmen, Reading Programs, College Programs