Passing and Pedagogy

Passing and Pedagogy : The Dynamics of Responsibility

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The current academic milieu displays a deep ambivalence about the teaching of Western culture and traditional subject matter. This ambivalence, the product of a unique historical convergence of theory and diversity, opens up new opportunities for what Pamela Caughie calls "passing": recognizing and accounting for the subject positions involved in representing both the material being taught and oneself as a teacher. Caughie's discussion of passing illuminates a recent phenomenon in academic writing and popular culture that revolves around identities and the ways in which they are deployed, both in the arts and in lived experience. Through a wide variety of texts - novels, memoirs, film, drama, theory, museum exhibits, legal cases - she demonstrates the dynamics of passing, presenting it not as the assumption of a fraudulent identity but as the recognition that the assumption of any identity, including for the purposes of teaching, is a form of passing. Astutely addressing the relevance of passing for pedagogy, Caughie presents the possibility of a dynamic ethics responsive to the often polarizing difficulties inherent in today's culture. Challenging and thought-provoking, "Passing and Pedagogy" offers insight and inspiration for teachers and scholars as they seek to be responsible and effective in a complex, rapidly changing intellectual and cultural more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 158.75 x 230 x 31.75mm
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252024664
  • 9780252024665

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ADVANCE PRAISE "This is sophisticated and unsettling work-usefully unsettling. Pamela Caughie makes an original contribution to current thinking on the dilemmas of pedagogy in 'multicultural' or 'cultural studies' classrooms and presents a powerful case for why everyone should feel responsible for confronting the issues she raises."-Mary Loeffelholz, author of Experimental Lives: Women and Literature, 1900-1945 "An extraordinary book. Risky and rigorous, informed and provocative, Caughie's book will speak excitingly to teachers, scholars, and students of cultural, literary, and identity studies."-Robert Dale Parker, author of "Absalom, Absalom!":The Questioning of Fictionsshow more