Possibilities for teaching English in posthuman times

Lambert, Louise (2022) Possibilities for teaching English in posthuman times. In: Rethinking and reviving subject English. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 167-178. ISBN 9781032193069

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Abstract Possibilities for teaching English in posthuman times

This chapter argues that there is a need for a paradigm (and philosophical) shift to ways of thinking that are ‘more than human’ (Jackson & Mazzei, 2012; St. Pierre, 2011, 2013) in the teaching of English. The chapter draws on posthuman theories, specifically how ways of doing/being/knowing are produced through the interactions of human (bodies and language) and nonhuman elements (such as time, space, materials, plants, technologies etc). It suggests literature as a site for interaction and enquiry and suggests that there is potential in a posthuman approach for both teachers and students to shift thinking and teaching beyond anthropocentric and logocentric enquiries to more nomadic, multiple spaces of enquiry.
Through Max Porter’s Lanny (2019), the chapter explores how posthuman theories might help shape enquiry for teachers and students by asking fundamental questions about our relationships with our world: technological, environmental, political, ethical and material. It considers how enquiries into the ‘intra-actions’ (Barad, 2007) of humans and nonhumans can be productive of different knowledge(s), relationship(s), and reality(ies) that speak more to the lived experiences of young people and less to the narrowed ‘functionality’ of the current curriculum, embedded in discourses of linear progress, subject knowledge mastery and achievement. It offers suggestions for ways into working with posthuman enquiry within English.

Item Type: Book Section
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003262718
20 September 2022Published
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE)
Depositing User: Louise Lambert
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2022 13:51
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2024 03:00
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13573

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