Character Education


Character in the Corpus

The ‘Character in the Corpus’ series takes the body of prose fiction set at A-level to investigate how these texts represent virtue along with accompanying classroom resources that provide practical suggestions as to how these texts can be used in virtue literacy. Literature has been a source for numerous character education interventions. Such interventions stem from a long debate about the relationship of literature to the real world, its readers, and its potential to effect change, with roots in Aristotelian thinking and the (sometimes hazy) line dividing literature and philosophy. At heart, then, the series considers the particular power that narrative fiction can have in readers’ comprehension and practice of virtue.

An introduction to the series and the sets of resources are available to view below.