ERIC Number: ED026375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Literary Criticism and the Imagination.
Lee, James O.
To increase a student's insight into imaginative works, help him relate his personal experience to the metaphoric structure of literature, and bring him to perceive the value of an educated imagination, the teacher should introduce him to literary analysis and various approaches to literary form. Although a perfect critical system which accommodates all literary works and illustrates their interrelationships is lacking, the teacher can provide the student with four types of literary criticism and demonstrate the value of each to elucidate literature and reveal the workings of the imagination. Literal criticism considers the work of art as an isolated artifact which forms its meaning only through its verbal structure. Descriptive criticism turns to such extensional contexts as social and historical perspectives and autobiographical documentation. Formal criticism is intent on extracting the meaning of a work's total structure and on relating this meaning to typical life in the actual world and to other works in the genre. Myth criticism unifies literature by comparing and relating the dominant patterns and ideas that perpetually recur in human literary criticism. (LH)
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Classical Literature, Content Analysis, Critical Reading, Figurative Language, Imagination, Language Role, Literary Criticism, Literary Discrimination, Literary Genres, Literary History, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Mythology, Symbolic Language, Symbols (Literary)
National Council of Teachers of English, 508 South Sixth Street, Champaign, Ill. 61820 (Stock No. 02455, HC $2.95).
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Note: In "The Growing Edges of Secondary English: Essays by the Experienced Teacher Fellows at the University of Illinois 1966-1967," ed. Charles Suhor and others (Champaign: NCTE, 1968), pp. 69-91.