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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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Teaching Friction

Teaching Friction

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(p.146) 20 Teaching Friction
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The Critical Pulse
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Ann Pellegrini

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.003.0021

This chapter focuses on the critical matter of teaching. It asks: what does it mean to matter in the classroom and for the future—whether our students' future, our own as teachers, or some ideal polity's? How do things come to matter, and how might they matter differently between two people or across an individual's own lifetime? The chapter's author raises these questions as matters of critical/criticism's practice, and presents as an example a lecture class called Religion, Sexuality, and American Public Life that the author has taught at New York University since 2004. One big take-away from this class is the limits of tolerance: she wants students to understand just how cramped the frame of tolerance is as a way of making room for social difference, not just for “being” different in public life but for “doing” difference.

Keywords:   gender, religion, teachers, teaching, criticism, sexuality, tolerance

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