The Poetics of Difference, Emergence, and Relationality
7. Reimagining Curriculum as Community Building
“Devastation reroutes the heart.” (Lewko, 2014, p. 166)
“The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.” (Bonhoeffer, 1939)
“That country that does not exist but that he [the stranger] bears in his dreams, andthat must indeed be called a beyond.” (Kristeva, 1991, p. 5)
When we approach the end of any story, we seek closure and resolution. However, in my theoretical exploration I cannot offer a tidy removal of the threads from the loom, nor neat rows of knots where the warp threads have been tied off, nor the precise hemming of the textile’s final border. Poststructuralism resists the narrative of summation, and is instead concerned with ongoing movement, continual transformation, and continual exploration of the threads as they are further woven into new patterns. For some, this resistance to complete resolution may be frustrating, however I suggest that the perpetual open-endedness may allow for the continual generative reexamination of curriculum, the community, and the living human journey ←189 | 190→of becoming, all of which are also in perpetual change. So, within this final chapter, I hold the tension of the desire to view the finished textile along with the knowledge that my weaving is ongoing and irresolvable. Even now as I begin this conclusion, I see threads that lead in new directions and know full well that there are other threads that are just making themselves visible. Thus, holding...
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