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    Playspaces of anthropological materialist pedagogy: film, radio, toys

    Leslie, Esther (2018) Playspaces of anthropological materialist pedagogy: film, radio, toys. Boundary 2 45 (2), pp. 243-244. ISSN 0190-3659.

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    Throughout his life, Benjamin returned to questions of pedagogy and the ways in which children and adults come to know and learn. This essay explores his notion of Spielraum, or “playspace,” in relation to pedagogy. A pedagogy based on play is here explored in relation to three objects of Benjamin’s thinking: (1) film and cinema, where, through the actions of technology, time, and space are exploded and realigned in ways that provoke reflection and action in modernity; (2) radio, a developing form into which Benjamin intervenes with educational lectures and playful learning models; and (3) toys, the primary material of children’s learning through play, types of tools, which Benjamin interprets in their relation to waste, debris, and destruction. Out of all these a revolutionary pedagogy of creative destruction emerges, one which proposes rebuilding the broken self and the alienated world.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Walter Benjamin, radio, play, pedagogy, Spielraum
    School: School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Depositing User: Esther Leslie
    Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 12:03
    Last Modified: 12 Jun 2021 05:47


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