'Clutching the wheel of St Catherine;' or a visit to a re-enchanted college

Wilson, S. (2017) 'Clutching the wheel of St Catherine;' or a visit to a re-enchanted college. In: Voss, A. and Wilson, S., eds. Re-enchanting the Academy. Auckland: Rubedo Press. pp. 53-66 ISBN 9781943710133

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This chapter argues that the obsession with metering, monitoring, benchmarks and outcomes in contemporary education has depleted and disenchanted the process of learning. It finds that these phenomena are symptoms of a universal spiritual malaise, what the French thinker René Guénon called "the Reign of Quantity". Playfully and seriously, the chapter goes on to argue that in the twentieth century St Catharine's College, Cambridge resisted the Reign of Quantity, and became a centre for the re-enchantment of learning. It develops this argument by examining the teaching and charismatic presence of the college's Director of Studies in English, Thomas Rice Henn. It goes on to show that at least two of his students - Malcolm Lowry and Patrick Harpur - carried forward this enchantment in their works, albeit in very different ways. It is thus still available.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: René Guénon; imagination and enchantment in contemporary education; T.R. Henn; Malcolm Lowry; Patrick Harpur
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion > BL0051 Philosophy of religion. Psychology of religion. Religion in relation to other subjects
L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English Literature > PR0001 Literary history and criticism
Divisions: Faculty of Education > School of Childhood and Education Sciences
Depositing User: Simon Wilson
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2018 08:30
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2018 08:33
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17403

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