Imagined Connections: The Space of Empathy in the Undergraduate Classroom

Страна: США

Город: Pittsburgh

Тезисы до: 30.09.2017

Даты: 12.04.18 — 15.04.18

Область наук: Педагогические;

Е-мейл Оргкомитета: cstumpf@bentley.edu

Организаторы: NeMLA

 

NeMLA 2018 Roundtable: Imagined Connections: The Space of Empathy in the Undergraduate Classroom

This panel seeks to question the role of empathy in the literature and/or writing classroom. Some significant attention has been paid in recent literary scholarship to the role of empathy as part of the affective turn in scholarship (for example, Suzanne Keen’s important Empathy and the Novel). In addition, news articles about the relationship between reading and empathy periodically pop across our screens with headlines like “Literary fiction readers understand others’ emotions better, study finds” or “Reading novels boost your empathy.” This panel proposes to consider questions about the relationship between reading and empathy as embodied in the space of the undergraduate classroom. Some questions that the panel hopes to answer include: To what extent does thinking about a text’s “relatability” help or hinder classroom discussions? What are the strengths or weaknesses of considering a text through students’ emotional connections to it? To what extent does using empathy to approach a text foreclose a careful consideration of difference? Ultimately, the panel will attempt to think about ways to get beyond a simplistic understanding of “relatability” as the primary lens through which students understand or evaluate a text without foreclosing or dismissing students’ affective responses to the text.

Веб-сайт конференции: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2017/06/29/imagined-connections-the-space-of-empathy-in-the-undergraduate-classroom

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