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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 Theory

Teaching Theory

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The Critical Pulse

Diana Fuss

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents the author's account of overcoming her students' resistance to theory. She sets out her credo, forged in the crucible of the classroom, that embraces theorization over theory, an intellectual labor that goes beyond uncovering and resisting dangerous old ideas in favor of venturing and testing responsible new ones. She argues that theory is practicing self-consciousness about how she thinks. And teaching theory is showing students how to be self-conscious about their own thinking. In other words, her credo for “teaching theory” in the twenty-first century is putting theory to work, inciting students to theorize, and doing theory rather than just talking about it.

Keywords:   pedagogy, teaching, teachers, theory, self-consciousness, resistance

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