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A Catechism for Oedipus: The Need for Pedagogies of Freedom, Creativity and Discovery in Higher Education

Hammond, CA (2019) A Catechism for Oedipus: The Need for Pedagogies of Freedom, Creativity and Discovery in Higher Education. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Chat #LTHEchat.

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Abstract

Firstly, why Oedipus – why start this brief discussion with the notion of an old historical and mythological figure. Well, most if not all people are familiar with the elements of the Oedipus myth: an infant, born in to a prophecy that predicts that he will kill his father and marry his mother. Despite all efforts by the parents to ensure that that Oedipus avoids or circumvents his ‘fate’, Oedipus ultimately fulfils the Prophecy and succumbs to his fate. Much has been written about the Oedipus Myth, relating to its themes of Fate, agency, and of course Freud and Sexuality; but for the purposes of this discussion, I want to focus on the meaning of the name of the main character: that of OEDIPUS. Oedipus actually means or translates as “swollen foot”, and refers to an event in Oedipus’s infancy, where, to prevent him from crawling, and walking (and thereby thwarting his destiny), his birth parents pierced and bound his ankles together.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pedagogy; Creativity; Teaching and Learning; Oedipus
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Chat #LTHEchat
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Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2019 11:01
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2019 11:01
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11236

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