Restoring the (dis)course

An inquiry into Aesthetics and Realism


  • Nathan Hensley Bowling Green State University


Aesthetics is the study of beauty and aesthetic inquiry situates the study of beauty within lived experience. This paper is an inquiry into aesthetics and is aimed at restoring the (dis)course associated with direct experience and the implications of realism. Utilizing the lens of curriculum studies, a metaphoric description of a local river is incorporated into the discussion to highlight the impact of education on the life journey. Also, a discussion on literalism is utilized as an important dialectical point of departure. Finally, an examination of related literature and an autobiographical interlude offer a unique perspective leading to a more critical approach to curriculum theorizing aimed at revitalizing the aesthetic dimension within educational discourse.

Author Biography

Nathan Hensley, Bowling Green State University

School of the Earth, Environment, and Society

Assistant Professor