Teaching The Rhetoric Of Resistance: The Popular Holocaust and Social Change in a Post 9/11 World

Hardcover | December 15, 2007

byRobert Samuels

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Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance analyzes diverse contemporary reactions to the depiction of the Holocaust and other cultural traumas in museums, movies, television shows, classroom discussions, and bestselling books. Samuels scrutinizes roles played by historical trauma and the popular media in the shaping of ethnic identity as it becomes increasingly pertinent against the backdrop of globalization.

In concentrating on the multiple ways the Holocaust is represented and received in different media, Samuels locates four central defense mechanisms that people employ in order to be able to cope with important ethical lessons regarding historical traumas:  identification, idealization, assimilation, and universalization. Building upon these defense mechanisms, the book is able to set out effective pedagogical strategies dedicated to overcoming student resistances to critical analysis and social engagement.

 

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Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance analyzes diverse contemporary reactions to the depiction of the Holocaust and other cultural traumas in museums, movies, television shows, classroom discussions, and bestselling books. Samuels scrutinizes roles played by historical trauma and the popular media in the shaping of ethnic identity as it ...

Robert Samuels is Lecturer, UCLA, Writing Programs.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:December 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023060272X

ISBN - 13:9780230602724

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Psychoanalytic Pedagogy, Cultural Defense Mechanisms, and Social Change * What’s a Concentration Camp, Dad?:  Museums, Pedagogy, and the Rhetoric of Popular Culture * Remembering to Forget: Schindler’s List, Critical Pedagogy, and the Popular Holocaust * Life Is Beautiful, but for Whom?: Transference, Counter-Transference, and Student Responses to Teaching about the Holocaust * Freud Goes to South Park: Teaching Against Postmodern Prejudices and Equal Opportunity Hatred * Teaching Against Binaries: Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in the Culture of Rhetorical Reversals * Conclusion: From the Holocaust to the Global War on Terror

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“Incisive and well written, Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance focuses on the popular reception of the Holocaust and other cultural traumas and develops a pedagogy of resistance in order to promote critical thinking, cultural tolerance, civic engagement, and individual and collective responsibility. This is a must read for anyone interested in how to overcome students’ ideological preconceptions through an engaged, non-confrontational pedagogy.”--Lynn Worsham, Professor of English, Illinois State and Editor, JAC"This is a very, very smart and useful book for anyone interested in understanding the real complexity and power of education. Samuel’s analysis of strategies that can talk through the embittered positions of polarized classroom discussions offers real hope for critical thinking in the twenty first century.”--Marshall W. Alcorn Jr., Professor of English, George Washington University"Arguing that prejudice and intolerance are the result of distorted thinking produced by four collective defense mechanisms, Teaching the Rhetoric of Resistance develops a ground-breaking pedagogical strategy for promoting social justice by helping students develop the ability to recognize and overcome these socially destructive defenses.  This book will be essential reading not only for all teachers who are committed to social justice but also for all concerned citizens seeking to combat the irrationality and aggression that pervade our public discourse and public policy."--Mark Bracher, Professor and Director, Center for Literature and Psychoanalysis, Department of English, Kent State University