- Series: Culture and Education Series
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0847694631
- ISBN-13: 978-0847694631
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
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Between Hope and Despair: Pedagogy and the Remembrance of Historical Trauma (Culture and Education Series)
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These wide-ranging, courageous essays on the impact of the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide and other instances of political terror and mass violence, acknowledge the limits of the social and psychological remedies that can be drawn from remembering the past. At the same time, through a close and intensive study of testimonies, memoirs, fiction (including second-generation witness), and other modes of story telling they scrupulously analyze the possibility of working-through recent trauma. The essayists jointly advocate a new direction, which they call the pedagogical rather than strategic practice of memorialization. (Geoffrey Hartman, Project Director, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University)
Between Hope and Despair is a well-documented, scholarly work. . . . The editors of [the book] should indeed be commended for offering us such a wonderful collection. (Journal Of Curriculum Studies)
An exceptionally smart collection of essays. (Jac)
Shoshana Felman observed that the unprecedented teaching possibilities opened up by the 'revolutionary pedagogy of psychoanalysis' have never been fully grasped or utilized in the classroom. The contributors to this collection and other educators now exploring the relations between history, trauma, and teaching, have begun that work. Their efforts lay the groundwork for nothing less than a fundamental rethinking of 'multicultural education' and teaching about and across social and cultural difference. (Elizabeth Ellsworth, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin, Madison)
About the Author
Roger I. Simon teaches at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He has written extensively in the area of critical pedagogy and cultural studies and is the author of Teaching Against the Grain: Texts for a Pedagogy of Possibility. Sharon Rosenberg is assistant professor at York University in Toronto, where she teaches in the School of Women's Studies. Her scholarly work attends to questions of feminist remembrance practice in the wake of ongoing traumatic violences against women. Claudia Eppert recently completed her doctoral disseration at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/ University of Toronto. Her work focuses on the ethico-pedagogical possibilities for a responsive/responsible practice of reading contemporary literature of historical witness.