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ERIC Number: ED015184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
Pages: 5
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Reference Count: 0
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LITERARY CRITICISM AND THE TEACHING OF THE NOVEL.
LUNDY, JACK T.
CONTEMPORARY NOVELS CAN BE USED EFFECTIVELY BY TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM. JOHN KNOWLES'"A SEPARATE PEACE," FOR EXAMPLE, LENDS ITSELF TO DIFFERENT KINDS OF LITERARY CRITICISM. AN ARCHETYPAL INTERPRETATION OF KNOWLES' THEMATIC PURPOSE REVEALS THAT THE NOVEL IS BASED ON TWO MYTHS--THE INITIATION OF INNOCENCE INTO EXPERIENCE AND THE SACRIFICE OF THE PURE AND INNOCENT FOR THE WELFARE OF ANOTHER. TO STRENGTHEN THESE TWO MYTHIC THEMES, MOTIFS OCCUR THROUGHOUT THE NOVEL--FOR EXAMPLE, THE COLOR PINK SYMBOLIZES BOTH SACRIFICE AND INNOCENCE, THE FOUR SEASONS PROGRESS IN THE COURSE OF THE NOVEL FROM A SUMMER OF INNOCENCE TO A SPRING OF RENEWAL, THE WAR INTRODUCES THE IMPLICATION OF EVIL, AND THE QUALITY OF FEAR MAKES EVERY CHARACTER CORRUPTIBLE EXCEPT FINNY, WHO IS WITHOUT FEAR. FOCUSING ON THE MIND AND ART OF THE WRITER, A TRADITIONAL CRITICAL APPROACH INVOLVES A STUDY OF THE AUTHOR, OF THE PLOT STRUCTURE AND THEME OF THE LITERARY WORK, AND OF THE INTERACTION AND DIFFERENCES OF CHARACTERS. THIS ARTICLE, A REPORT OF A PANEL DISCUSSION HELD AT THE KANSAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE, APPEARED IN "THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS BULLETIN OF EDUCATION," VOL. 21, NO. 3, MAY 1967. (JB)
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Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. School of Education.
Identifiers: Separate Peace