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ERIC Number: EJ928490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-2004
Educative Deceit: Vladimir Nabokov and the [Im]possibility of Education
Saeverot, Herner
Educational Theory, v60 n5 p601-619 Oct 2010
Herner Saeverot begins this article with an example: how Soren Kierkegaard used deceit as a means to educate. In one of his biographical texts, it turns out that Kierkegaard's objective was to deceive his readers into a totalized and universal truth. According to Saeverot, Kierkegaard's approach shows that he was a "demystifier," someone who wants to save another from delusion and bring this person into a better understanding of the world. Contrary to Kierkegaard, Saeverot argues that education is [im]possible--which, he further maintains, may open up the possibility of being "educated." Saeverot couches his argument in the context of a novel, Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita." Through a phenomenological study, Saeverot demonstrates how Nabokov creates deceits and adverse forces in his writings so as to open up a space of education, wherein the reader can take active part. The education of Nabokov is thus unpredictable and transformative. The ways in which Nabokov deceives and "educates" can, Saeverot ultimately contends, open up new domains for the field of educational theory (and practice).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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