603-HSE-VA, Language and Learning in Literature
According to G.K. Chesterton, “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” With such importance placed on education, it is not surprising that education (i.e., both formal schooling and informal learning) is a recurring theme in literature. In this class, representations of the classroom experience from both learner and educator perspectives will be explored through fiction and non-fiction prose and though poetry. Students will also be exposed to examples of informal learning (e.g. life lessons in initiation stories and autobiographical texts). Finally, students will explore texts that discuss language learning, literacy development and ethnic identity, and consider what it means to be a minority voice within the education system. Students will be asked to reflect on, and react to, the issues discussed, particularly as they relate to their fields of study.