1st Edition

Literature and Character Education in Universities Theory, Method, and Text Analysis

    216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Literature and Character Education in Universities presents the potential of literary and philosophical texts for character education in modern universities. The book engages with theoretical and practical aspects of character development in higher education, combining conceptual discussion of the role of literature in character education with applied case studies from university classrooms.

    Character education within the academic context of the university presents unique challenges and opportunities. Literature and Character Education in Universities presents perspectives from academics in Europe, the USA and Asia, offering unique insights into the ways that engaged reading and discussion of core texts can promote the development of intellectual and moral virtues. Chapters draw on a wide range of texts from Confucius’ Analects to J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, focusing on themes such as truthfulness, self-knowledge, prudence, tolerance, friendship, and humility. 

    Literature and Character Education in Universities will be of real use to researchers, academics and postgraduates in the fields of higher education, philosophy, and literature. It should be essential reading for university educators interested in character development and advocates of literary education in modern universities.  


    Part 1- Character education and core texts: didactics and methodology

    1. Reading for pleasure: from narrative competence to character education

    Rosalía Baena

    2. In dialogue with Antigone: Ricoeur’s theory of reading as a tool for designing a core texts course

    José Manuel Mora-Fandos

    3. Having a great author as a companion: toward a didactical framework for studying core texts at the last stage of teacher education

    Bram de Muynck and Bram Kunz

    4. Character education at any age? Cicero on the lifelong pursuit of intellectual and moral virtue

    Álvaro Sánchez-Ostiz

    5. Character education and assessment in practice. A case study of a European liberal arts college

    Tessa Leesen and Alkeline van Lenning


    Part 2- Character education and core texts in literature and philosophy

    6. From character to parable and allegory: varieties of moral imagination in fictional literature

    David Carr

    7. Virtue, vice, and saintliness in The Brothers Karamazov

    Nancy E. Snow

    8. Literature and practical wisdom. An experience with The Catcher in the Rye

    Rosa Fernández Urtasun

    9. Interiorizing ethics through science fiction. Brave New World as a paradigmatic case study

    Raquel Cascales and Luis E. Echarte

    10. Friendship, Self-Knowledge, and Core Texts. A Pathway for Character Education at University

    Ana Romero-Iribas

    11. Teaching humility in Confucius’ Analects: questioning the value of deference

    Yang Yeung



    Edward Brooks is the Executive Director of the Oxford Character Project at the University of Oxford, UK.

    Emma Cohen de Lara is a Senior Lecturer at Amsterdam University College and Research Fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, the Netherlands.

    Álvaro Sanchez-Ostíz is an Associate Professor of Latin Philology at the University of Navarra, Spain.

    José Maria Torralba is an Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy and Director of the Core Curriculum Institute at the University of Navarra, Spain.