Pedagogy of Life

A Tale of Names and Literacy

By (author) Rosa Hong Chen Adapted by Sarah Bode

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Publication date:

25 February 2019

Length of book:

238 pages


Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781433160387

Pedagogy of Life takes its readers through the echoing stories of the half-century, historical Cultural Revolution of China to the literate lifeworld today. Rosa Hong Chen offers a gripping array of personal and kindred stories woven into the power of words and empathy of art through the volutes of writing and dancing for life, expressing genera of warm melancholy, weighty sensations, compulsive sobs, and refrained elation. It is for the existential history of individual lives and communal sharing that life creates a pedagogical condition of possible experiences. Life itself forms a historical and social path of human growth and maturation. In a philosophical and educational autoethnographical inquiry, the author examines the nature of literacy for those marginalized and oppressed; Chen explores how one’s name and the ways in which that name is used affect a person’s self-knowing and knowing of the world. This book exemplifies the idea that individuals’ autobiographical stories are importantly connected to wider cultural, political, and social meaning and understanding. Pedagogy of Life echoes readers’ musings, affects, relations, imagination, choice, learning, teaching, and much more, because we, each and all, have our own names, ways of uttering, writing, and dancing, and, ultimately, our own ways of living, knowing, and becoming.

“Rosa Hong Chen’s engaging «Pedagogy of Life» is a most thoughtful, poetic, and elegant philosophical and educational inquiry into traumatic memory and its endurance, history and its teachings, as well as into the future and its engulfed optimism. The autobiographical element powerfully illuminates and is illuminated by the subjective effects of those diverse temporalities of multiple modernities that were destructively obsessed with order. In this way, the theme of the subject-as-narrative takes in this book a refreshing and profoundly edifying turn toward new cultural, ethical, and political sensibilities.” Marianna Papastephanou, Associate Professor, University of Cyprus