Presentation Title

Teaching Altruism Through the Novel

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Sophie Mucciaccio, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Library Basement

Abstract

The novel is an excellent vehicle for teaching altruism. Teaching values like altruism has long been a contentious topic in education; some educators tend too far toward moral indoctrination while others do not even broach the topic of morality. I argue that the novel could provide a middle ground in values education by actively presenting multiple perspectives on a moral issue like altruism and allowing students to draw their own conclusions. I investigate the novel’s potential for teaching altruism by looking in detail at four famous nineteenth-century examples: Jane Austen’s Emma, Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, George Eliot’s Adam Bede, and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-10-2018 1:00 PM

End Date

4-10-2018 2:15 PM

Panel

Understanding Sentiment

Panel Moderator

Jill Ordman

Field of Study for Presentation

English

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Teaching Altruism Through the Novel

Library Basement

The novel is an excellent vehicle for teaching altruism. Teaching values like altruism has long been a contentious topic in education; some educators tend too far toward moral indoctrination while others do not even broach the topic of morality. I argue that the novel could provide a middle ground in values education by actively presenting multiple perspectives on a moral issue like altruism and allowing students to draw their own conclusions. I investigate the novel’s potential for teaching altruism by looking in detail at four famous nineteenth-century examples: Jane Austen’s Emma, Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, George Eliot’s Adam Bede, and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.