No twentieth-century woman/teacher has provoked as much interest and perplexity as Sylvia Ashton-Warner (1908-1984). Her life reveals the fascinating dilemmas of classroom erotics, the dangers of intimacy in teaching and learning, the difficult and ambiguous nature of post-heterosexual attachments in women’s biographies, and the powerful fantasy that the objects of teaching lives are other than our own teaching selves.
Provocations: Sylvia Ashton-Warner and Excitability in Education provides a groundbreaking and timely feminist re-visioning of Ashton-Warner. This book speaks not only to her enigmatic survivals, but also to education’s own submission to excitability and provocation.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. XIV, 214 pp.
Contents: Selma Wassermann: Preface: Dearest, Something Good Will Come of This… – Cathryn McConaghy/Judith P. Robertson: Sylvia
Ashton-Warner: Reading Provocatively from Subject to Theory – Alison Jones: Sex, Fear, and Pedagogy: Sylvia Ashton-Warner’s
Infant Room – Sue Middleton: «I My Own Professor»: Ashton-Warner as New Zealand Educational Theorist 1949-60 – Cathryn McConaghy:
Teaching’s Intimacies – Tess Moeke-Maxwell (Ngati Pukeko/Ngai Tai-Umupuia): InSide/OutSide Cultural Hybridity: Greenstone
as Narrative Provocateur – Judit Giblin James/Nancy S. Thompson: Imagination on the Edge of Eruption: Sylvia Ashton-Warner’s
Volcanic Creativity – Anne-Louise Brookes: Who Is Sylvia?: (Re)reading, Con/structing, & (Re)constructing Textual Truth &
Violence – Kathleen Connor/Linda Radford with Judith P. Robertson: Reading in(to) Sylvia: Interviews on Ashton-Warner’s Influence
– Judith P. Robertson: Recovering Education as Provocation: Keeping Countenance with Sylvia Ashton-Warner.