Literary Education: A Revaluation

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Cambridge University Press, 1983 - 182 páginas
This book is an attempt to offer a justification for the teaching of literature in schools and universities, and is intended as a contribution to the philosophy of literary education. The issues which Dr Gribble discusses could all be bracketed under the general heading of the relationship between literature and life. The book is written for those readers and teachers of literature who step back from their immediate engagement with a novel, play, or poem and ask such questions as 'What knowledge or understanding, if any, have I gained from the work? Of what significance is the author's intention to my view of the work? What moral value does the work possess? What kinds of feelings or emotions did I experience? How did my identification with certain characters influence my response? In what way did the moral significance or emotional impact depend upon the quality of the writing? What part does critical analysis play in determining the answers to any of these questions?'. Dr Gribble's treatment of these issues is neither technical nor abstract but advanced on the basis of particular examples drawn from a wide range of literature. Written in a lively and lucid style the book will interest all serious readers of literature, although it is primarily directed at those who teach literature in schools, colleges, and universities and who are necessarily concerned with the educative value of reading and discussing literature.
 

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Literature life and education some problems about how they relate to one another
1
Literature and truth
7
b Truth and reality in literature
11
c Truth and sincerity in literature
19
Literary criticism and literary education
30
b Testing literary appreciation
38
c The relations between literary critical concepts
42
the signs of something grasped and held
52
b Emotions in literature and emotions in life
101
c Literature as an alternative to life
106
Empathy and literary education
112
b Empathy with real people and empathy with characters in fiction
117
Literary intention and literary education
130
a Generative and operative intention in literature
131
b Against intention
138
Literature morality and censorship
147

e Real experience and realization in literature
56
Objectivity and subjectivity in literary education
61
The subordination of criticism to theory structuralism and deconstructionism
75
Literature and the education of the emotions
93

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