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Kritiskt tänkande i skolan. Betraktat genom radikal estetik, medialisering och en poetisk performance av Athena Farrokhzad

Journal article
Authors Johan Alfredsson
Published in LIR.journal
Volume 8
Pages 148-165
ISSN 1102-9773
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Pages 148-165
Language sv
Keywords Poesi, Kritiskt tänkande, Athena Farrokhzad, litteraturdidaktik, estetik och lärande, estetiska uttrycksformer
Subject categories General Literature Studies


Over the last decade, the Swedish school system has been discussing the intersection between aesthetics and learning with much enthusiasm. The aim of this article is to show how this discussion can be invigorated by contemporary poetic practice, and how focus thus can be shifted from what Jan Thavenius has labelled »market aesthetics« and »modest aesthetics«, to what he labels »radical aesthetics«, i.e. an overriding aesthetics which is critical by nature, and therefore able to permeate the school system. Much contemporary poetry looks upon itself as a critical art form, at least as much as a creative one. The example used in the article – a controversial radio program, and poetic performance from 2014, by Athena Farrokhzad – uses poetry to highlight the ideological and religious discourses of con- temporary – »mediatized« – society. Appropriating the poetic methods she uses, and employing them meta-critically within the classroom, could bring the school system closer to Thavenius’s ideal »radical aesthetics«.

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