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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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Of Credos and Credibility

Of Credos and Credibility

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The Critical Pulse

William Germano

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents the author's thoughts on teaching. He believes that the goal of teaching is not to dole out knowledge as a set of cognitive collectibles but to make students hungry for the unfamiliar. Students must learn so that they can become vivid participants in their own world making. He teaches his students that everybody makes the world up. Some people work hard at making up their own worlds while others passively accept third-party reductions of complex questions. But the world gets made, person by person, and no two worlds look exactly alike; it is the ordinary work of organizing reality, something that literature takes as its principal task.

Keywords:   history, historical texts, teaching, teachers, reading

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