James Gribble's Literary Education: A Revaluation PDF

By James Gribble

This publication is an try to provide a justification for the educating of literature in faculties and universities, and is meant as a contribution to the philosophy of literary schooling. the problems which Dr Gribble discusses may possibly all be bracketed less than the overall heading of the connection among literature and lifestyles. The ebook is written for these readers and academics of literature who step again from their fast engagement with a singular, play, or poem and ask such questions as 'What wisdom or figuring out, if any, have I won from the paintings? Of what importance is the author's purpose to my view of the paintings? What ethical price does the paintings own? What sorts of emotions or feelings did I adventure? How did my id with yes characters impression my reaction? In what means did the ethical value or emotional effect rely on the standard of the writing? What half does serious research play in deciding upon the solutions to any of those questions?'. Dr Gribble's therapy of those concerns is neither technical nor summary yet complex at the foundation of specific examples drawn from a variety of literature. Written in a full of life and lucid type the publication will curiosity all severe readers of literature, even though it is essentially directed at those that train literature in colleges, faculties, and universities and who're unavoidably eager about the educative worth of studying and discussing literature.

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Then has 'understanding' two different meanings here? - I would rather say that these kinds of use of 'understanding' make up its mean­ ing, make up my concept of understanding. For I want to apply the word 'understanding' to all this. 533. But in the second case, how can one explain the expression, trans­ mit one's comprehension? Ask yourself : How does one lead anyone to comprehension of a poem or of a theme? 21 When literary works exhibit the intimate connection between form and content to which Wittgenstein refers (when 'what' is 'expressed' is expressed only by 'these words in these positions'), the usual methods of explaining and teaching for understanding are made inadequate.

Conveying one's understanding and appreciation of a work of literature which manages to achieve fidelity to delicacies and nuances of thought, feeling and attitude requires a form of discourse which has a high degree of tact and flexibility. At its best, literary critical discourse exhibits these characteristics, as I will suggest in the following chapter. Before I turn to an examination of the nature of literary critical discourse, however, there is a further point I want to make about the 'ordinary speaker' or writer who, in Harding's account, is con­ trasted with the poet because he skids into facile approximations and fails to maintain a high degree of fidelity to the distinctively 'personal' and unique aspects of his 'experience'.

Works of art can only be understood by certain sorts of people - those with 'aesthetic sensibility', 'aesthetic intuition' who are capable of 'aesthetic leaps'. If an 'artistically raw person' were to claim that a poem was embodied and offered an analysis of the way form and content in a poem interact organic­ ally, we could not, on these grounds, assume that he really did appreciate, understand or 'know' the poem. What we would need to find out is whether or not he has exercised an act of aesthetic intuition.

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