Go Hence; Have More Talk of These Sad Things: Reading and Relationality in the English Language Arts Classroom

Authors

  • Morgan Schaufele

Keywords:

reading, hermeneutics, aesthetic experience, play, relational pedagogy, English language arts

Abstract

Drawing upon my own experiences as a high school English Language Arts teacher, I seek a satisfying response to offer students when they ask, “Why are we reading this?” Such a query often leads teachers and students to consider broader questions of the purposes of literature. This paper presents a hermeneutic exploration of the practice of teaching (with) literature in the high school classroom. Using the writings of Gadamer (1989/2013) and Sumara (1996, 2002), and their conceptualizations of aesthetic (literary) experience, I outline a process of engaging with students in their desire to understand their roles as readers in the classroom. In doing so, I make an argument for playful and dialogic interactions between reader and text—an approach that both retains the integrity of aesthetic experience, and also invites a relational pedagogy among those who share a literary reading.

Author Biography

Morgan Schaufele

Morgan Schaufele is an English Language Arts teacher in Westwind School Division, Alberta.

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Published

15-07-2020

How to Cite

Schaufele, M. (2020). Go Hence; Have More Talk of These Sad Things: Reading and Relationality in the English Language Arts Classroom. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 18(1), 115–116. Retrieved from https://jcacs.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/jcacs/article/view/40483

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Literacy and Language Arts