Edited Collection CfP: Pedagogies of the End: Teaching and Knowledge at the Fin de Siècle
Co-Editors: Dan Bivona, Arizona State University, and Helena Gurfinkel, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
500-word abstracts and 1-paragraph bios to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by August 1st, 2012.
This collection explores a possible relationship between the fin in the fin de siècle (the turn of the nineteenth century) and pedagogy. We welcome essays about fin de siècle literature and culture that theorize
*teaching the end/decline, or teaching at the end
*the pedagogical/didactic, implications of catastrophic thinking
*teaching as inaugurating, offering (or not) a new beginning after the end.
Geographically and theoretically, this volume it is not limited to Britain, the US , and Continental Europe. We encourage submissions that leave the precincts of the “West.”
We invite contributions focusing on the reinventions of Foucault’s systems of power and knowledge as pedagogical strategiesfin-de-siècle anxieties surrounding physical, moral, and intellectual declinedidactic representations of a pending catastrophe and attempts to teach how to avoid it.
Examples include but are not limited to
Max Nordau’s Degeneration
Thomas Hardy, the Education Reform Act of 1870, and the dangers of literacy
George Gissing and concerns about declining literary standards
The didactics of social Darwinism
Scientia sexualis as a teaching/didactic tool against perversion and degenerationEugenics, colonialist education, and protecting the “healthy” national/racial body from decline
The end of traditional womanhood and the fear of the New Woman
Fin-de-siècle approaches to paideia
Religion, pedagogy, and eschatology at the fin-de-siècle