Critically analyzing the representation of pedagogy in the novels of J.M. Coetzee, this insightful text illustrates the author’s profound conception of learning and personal development as something which takes place well beyond formal education.
Bringing together critical and educational theory, Pedagogy in the Novels of J.M. Coetzee examines depictions of pedagogy in novels including Age of Iron, Elizabeth Costello, Disgrace, and Childhood of Jesus. Engaging with Coetzee’s varied literary use of pedagogical themes such as motherhood, maternal love, and the importance of childhood interactions, reading, and experiences, chapters demonstrate how Coetzee foregrounds pedagogy as intrinsic to the formation of human actors, society, and civilization. The text thereby aptly explores and broadens our understanding of education - what it is, what it achieves, and how it can affect and shape human existence.
This text will be of great interest to graduate and postgraduate students, academics, researchers and professionals in the fields of pedagogy, postcolonial studies, educational theory and philosophy, and English literature.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Novel pedagogy
Chapter One. . Re-reading an Old Foe. Significant Pedagogy
Chapter Two. Mrs. Curren in Age of Iron: Address of the Mother
Chapter Three. Elizabeth Costello in Elizabeth Costello. Eight Lessons:
Those who can’t, teach
Chapter Four. David Lurie in Disgrace: Post-education of the teacher
Chapter Five. Simón in Childhood of Jesus: Learning to live, again
‘Things to learn.’ Pedagogy and the novels of J.M. Coetzee.
Aparna Mishra Tarc is Associate Professor of Education at York University, Canada.