Lessons from East and West in François Cheng’s Le Dit de Tianyi

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The theme of pedagogy in François Cheng’s Le Dit de Tianyi (1998) undergoes, in this article,a more systematic and sustained study than has been carried out so far. Principles associatedwith cultural learning, Experiential Learning Theory and acculturation theory are usedto provide insights into the protagonist’s ethnic identification, cross-cultural learning andtraining as a painter during his early years in China and study trip to Europe (1950s). However,limitations to the usefulness of these three Anglophone theories from the Educational Sciencesare discussed, and it is suggested that a circular conception of Tianyi’s learning experiences,reflecting Chinese philosophy, is revealed at certain points, and that this offers resistanceboth to Western theory and to the straightforward application of theory to literature. Whencombined, the two sets of approaches convey the spirit of Cheng’s own assimilation of East andWest in terms of his translingualism and the cultural product that is the novel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-217
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Journal of French Studies
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2017

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This article was accepted by the journal on 20.8.16.


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