Number 13

The Empathy Effect: Teaching Literature about the World Wars and the Shoah. Edited by Ann-Marie Einhaus and Catriona Pennell

This volume of Issues in English arises from a workshop on the theme of ‘TeachingCover of Number 13 Literature about the World Wars and the Holocaust’, held at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum at the University of Exeter in September 2018. The workshop was part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Teaching and Learning War Research Network, led by Professor Catriona Pennell (University of Exeter), and co-organised by Pennell and Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus (Northumbria University). In the workshop and this publication, we interpret ‘literature’ in the broadest sense, including film and life writing in our definition. Our emphasis is on a secondary goal in teaching about conflict: the development of students’ capacity for empathy, and the harnessing of empathy to achieve deeper learning. In their March 2017 report, Literature in Britain Today (2017, p. 4), the Royal Society of Literature concluded that one of the three most important benefits of reading literature, in the eyes of the British public, was to help readers see other points of view. We set out to interrogate and complicate this claim in relation to the use of war writing in the classroom and in other educational settings such as project days and educational site visits or tours. This Issues in English includes thought-provoking contributions from David Lees (University of Warwick), Julia Ribeiro S C Thomaz (Université Paris Nanterre/École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), Marc McKiernan and Vicky Jones (Haltwhistle Film Project), and Vera Veldhuizen (University of Cambridge).

ISBN 978-0-900232-34-3  65 pages £6.00 + £1.00 p&p

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