Presentation Title

Teaching Altruism Through the Novel

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

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.