Renegotiating Aesthetic Disinterest for the Literature Classroom

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  • Mildrid Bjerke OsloMet

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7577/information.3768

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This paper discusses an ideological conflict between a so-called disinterested appreciation of literature and what I refer to as the ‘neoliberal ethos’. I am interested, primarily, in the influence of this tension on literary pedagogy. I will argue that the way in which the neoliberal ethos has permeated educational settings creates a need for a reconceptualised notion of aesthetic disinterest, without which we will struggle to coherently argue for alternative conceptions of the value of education, especially arts and humanities education. I hope to show that reviving the concept of disinterest will facilitate a renegotiation of the literature classroom as a space for genuine aesthetic experience and non-instrumental discussion.

 

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Mildrid Bjerke, OsloMet

Associate professor of English. Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education, Oslo Metropolitan University.

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2021-05-10

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Bjerke, M. (2021). Renegotiating Aesthetic Disinterest for the Literature Classroom . Nordic Journal of Art and Research, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.7577/information.3768

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