Ou Sont Les Nieges D'Antan
The title of this paper is taken from a poem by the French Renaissance poet Ronsard in which he laments the loss of the past, its pains as well as its triumphs and joys . I live in a new society, a settler society which is the product of the history of 'progress' which relies, as Hannah Arendt put it, on a false grandeur that was stolen from God' and turns its back on the past in faviur of the future seen as the satisfaction of individual desire .But I am interested in the ways in which we educators might be able also to tap into what Arendt, to quote her again, calls the 'mysterious history inherent in the titality of events' whichdraws on this past but which for that reason may be 'calling completely new forces into existence'.This history, I will argue, has been preserved by most indigenous peoples but it is also implicit in the arts in our culture.
In this paper then I would like to consider ways in which an education in the Humanities might help us explore this history.
Veronica Brady (Australia)
Department of English
University of Western Australia
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)