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    Between Body and Spirit: The Liminality of Pedagogical Relationships

    Todd, Sharon (2014) Between Body and Spirit: The Liminality of Pedagogical Relationships. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 48 (2). pp. 231-245. ISSN 0309-8249

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    This article explores the pedagogical, transformative aspects of education as a relation, viewing such transformation as occurring in the liminal space between body and spirit. In order to explore this liminal space more thoroughly, the article first outlines a case for why liminality is of educational and not only of pedagogical concern, building on James Conroy’s notion of the liminal imagination and his emphasis on the importance of metaphor for calling our attention to the ontological spaces that make up educational practice. I then use this metaphor both substantively and methodologically, offering a reading of Clarice Lispector’s novel The Stream of Life as a performance of the liminal imagination in its attempt to put into focus the embodied and transcendent aspects of becoming, both of which I see as central to defining what is pedagogical about human existence. The article then turns to developing how different metaphors may be mobilised to signify the particularly relational quality of becoming, drawing on Luce Irigaray’s work to explore more closely the corporeal and spiritual aspects of becoming in relation. I then turn my attention to a more fulsome discussion of the significance of approaching pedagogical relationships in education in this way and what this signifies for the teacher-student encounter in particular.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Body; Spirit; Liminality; Pedagogical; Relationships;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 8544
    Depositing User: Prof. Sharon Todd
    Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 16:24
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Philosophy of Education
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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