The Call of Wild Stories: Crossing Epistemological Borders with Narrative Fiction

  • Jason Michael LukasikEmail author
  • Sam A. Bear
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education and the Environment book series (PSEE)


This chapter explores the use of fiction in scholarship and teaching technique to foster epistemological border crossings between human and nonhuman worldviews. Drawing upon the work of the author, who has used fiction to critique the hidden colonial curriculum of zoos, this chapter is co-authored with one of his animal characters (a black bear named Sam). This chapter examines the meaning found in fictional analyses and suggests potential for understanding the animal through fictional voices that integrate complex theoretical and analytical traditions in curriculum studies and pedagogy. This chapter also references teaching work done with high school students at a zoo several years ago where the author employed fiction as a way to explore the meaning of the captive animal in the zoo.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Education DepartmentAugsburg UniversityMinneapolisUSA

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