Correspondence: A Mutual Learning Process


One of the aspects of correspondence is that the writer is able to prepare himself for the same situations he’s giving advice on. Foucault says, “the opinions that one gives to others in a pressing situation are a way of preparing oneself for a similar eventuality” (4). If one’s correspondent is going through grief, but the writer themselves have not gone through that yet, then they will be able to take their own advice when their grieving time comes. Both the writer of the letter and the receiver will have “increased their readiness for the case in which this type of event befalls them”, by both of them figuring out a way to overcome the issue. Therefore, it is a mutual learning process.


One Reply to “Correspondence: A Mutual Learning Process”

  1. I like your interpretation of freire’s work, and how the work of an author can provide a solution for a student’s problem. It is almost as if the author is faced with the same problems the student has. Honestly, I feel as if more texts should feel more as if the author has been placed in a similar situation as the person reading the text, because most of the time, it’s scary how disengaged you are with the text at times.

    When I go through the assigned texts, more often than not, I fail to keep up with the assignments, they are disengaging to me.

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