chapter  4
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David Lurie in Disgrace

Post-Education of the Teacher
ByAparna Mishra Tarc

Disgracedepicts post other-oriented education in David Lurie learning from his own disgraceful conduct and that of his countrymen. The post-education of Lurie comes in content and pedagogical mode. The content (curriculum) refers to the versions of humanism Lurie (mis)cites in numerous justifications of his way of life. Lurie humanism consists of self-justifying passages selectively plucked from his colonial English literary curriculum. This literary curriculum supports the fantastic logic of the thoughtless person that he has become. As Zygmunt Bauman warned, without pedagogical mediation, insignificant and information-overloaded education, will wreak its amnesiac toll on the generations. Thus, and despite all of humanism’s discontents, this century’s post-view of the humanist pedagogical imperative to cultivate the life of the mind and the meanings of life are deeply troubling. Lurie humanism consists of self-justifying passages selectively plucked from his colonial English literary curriculum.