The Goblin Marketplace of Ideas: Navigating Christina Rossetti and Controversial Topics in the L2 Classroom (73953)

Session Information: Language Development & Literacy
Session Chair: Odonchimeg Tumee

Friday, 24 November 2023 09:00
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 608
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Christina Rossetti’s poem “Goblin Market” is as discomforting as it is beautiful. The story about two young sisters living near a seemingly magical bazaar run by goblins peddling fruit that poisons the very soul contains allegories of sexual desire, predation, and virtue that are extremely challenging to approach in the usually conservative setting of an L2 classroom. The present study argues, however, that discussing this poem and its themes, abstracted though they may be, is necessary for the sake of holistic education. The study provides a framework for teaching controversial topics using this poem and others as a foundation for facilitating discussions of differing philosophies and values as well as the applications of the source material across cultures. It analyzes student receptivity to the poem in the form of essays, presentations, and responses to questionnaires in order to determine sensitivity to the subject matter in concert with the necessity of exploring complex themes. The goal of the study is to examine student approaches to interpreting and applying the readings to their worldviews and to promote critical literacy.

Rocky Burton, Toyo University, Japan

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Rocky Burton is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at Toyo University in Japan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00