Estudos em homenagem a Margarida Llosa
«Somethings cannot be taught» : criatividade e imaginação em The Professor’s House
AbstractThe main focus of this paper is to highlight the fruitful and interdependent relationship between Professor St. Peter and his student, Tom Outland, in The Professor’s House (1925) by Willa Cather. In this novel, as in many other texts by Cather, teaching is an activity that involves creativity and imagination, performed by individuals who, like artists, live insulated lives entirely dedicated to their task. In The Professor’s House, St. Peter is the emblem of the teacher/ artist living a spiritual crisis. Drained of energy and vitality, now that he is in his fifties, it is the consoling and invigorating memory of his most brilliant student, Tom Outland, that allows Professor St. Peter to recognize and cherish his lost self, a primitive self. At the end of the novel, one comes to believe that what becomes really painful to Professor St. Peter is the acknowledgement that he is leaving behind the essential sources of energy and enthusiasm: teaching, creativity and imagination.
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