What Do We Teach When We Teach Harold Pinter

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Abstract

“What Do We Teach When We Teach Harold Pinter?” explores the relationship
between Harold Pinter’s political plays and Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy. Situating
this discussion within the context of neoliberalism and its impact on higher education,
the article argues that teaching the work of Harold Pinter can manifest Freire’s
commitment to education as a practice of freedom, whereby individuals enter into
dialogue with one another in order to identify, discuss, and overcome oppression and
exploitation. In particular, the essay addresses how the dialogue contained in Pinter’s
political plays compels students and teachers to imagine horrors that these works
imply, but never fully disclose. Through their affective response to such images,
Pinter’s work encourage students and teachers alike to develop the critical
consciousness necessary to transform oppressive socio-economic structures and the
political institutions that reinforce them.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalThe Harold Pinter Review
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

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