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Article Title

Notes on a Blue Guitar

Document Type

Special Section 2

Theme

CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION WITH MAXINE GREENE: REFLECTIONS ENGENDERED BY HER LIFE AND WORK

Abstract

Aesthetic education is … integral to any educational enterprise. -- Maxine Greene (2001, p. 139)

For twenty years Maxine Greene delivered lectures at the Lincoln Institute for the Arts in Education. They are collected in Variations on a Blue Guitar (2001). Working from these, I sound notes of my own, variations on Greene’s conception of aesthetic education. As indicated in the epigraph, that conception extends to education generally. Understanding art (whether as performance or object) as event and as simultaneously continuous and disjunctive with everyday experience, Greene envisions aesthetic education as engendering subjective and social reconstruction.

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