Godwin, Fénelon, and the disappearing teacher

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dc.contributor.author Allen, Graham
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:39:57Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:39:57Z
dc.date.copyright 2007
dc.date.issued 2007-03
dc.identifier.citation Allen, G., 2007. Godwin, Fénelon, and the disappearing teacher. History of European Ideas, 33(1), pp.9-24. en
dc.identifier.volume 33 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 9 en
dc.identifier.endpage 24 en
dc.identifier.issn 0191-6599
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/63
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.histeuroideas.2006.06.001
dc.description.abstract The connection between Godwin and Fénelon has traditionally been restricted to the famous and controversial moment in the first edition of Political Justice (1793) in which Godwin presents an example of the interdependence of rationality and ethical action. This paper argues, however, that Fénelon, and particularly his political and educational treatise Telemachus (1699), plays a significant role in a number of Godwin's subsequent fictional works. Employing Telemachus to explore the theories of education presented by Godwin in the various editions of Political Justice and The Enquirer (1797), this paper explores the manner in which Godwin's version of the Enlightenment transcendence of pedagogical power comes up against its limits. Reading this issue in relation to Godwin's argument, in ‘Of Choice in Reading’, that literature remains outside of socio-ethical corruption, three of Godwin's major novels are shown to demonstrate that Telemachus provides the chance for meta-textual moments in which the appeal to reason (the reader's rational capacity or ‘private judgement’) is at once reflected upon and produced. Reading educational theories and problems into Godwin's major fiction in this fashion helps to clarify aspects of the Godwinian (or ‘Jacobin’) novel. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights Copyright © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved en
dc.subject Godwin en
dc.subject Fénelon en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject.lcsh Godwin, William -- 1756-1836 en
dc.subject.lcsh Fénelon, François de Salignac de La Mothe-, -- 1651-1715 en
dc.title Godwin, Fénelon, and the disappearing teacher en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://www.ucc.ie/en/english/staff/AcademicStaff/grahamallen/ en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Prof. Graham Allen, Department of English, UCC. Email: g.allen@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle History of European Ideas en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress g.allen@ucc.ie en


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