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ERIC Number: ED034765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-25
Pages: 3
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Benjamin in the 23rd Century.
Lewis, Stuart
Missouri English Bulletin, v26 n2 p21-23 Mar 1969
To understand the dangers of interpreting literary works primarily through the history, social customs, and values of the period portrayed in the work, students should imagine themselves 3 centuries in the future considering a modern work of art. For example, they should try to interpret the movie, "The Graduate," as a reflection of the social and moral values of the 20th century. Through such an activity, they will not only become aware of some of the dangers of the "psuedo-history of ideas," but also will learn what historical information can be of value, and will realize that no historical analysis can substitute for a close reading of the work itself. (LH)
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Authoring Institution: Missouri Association of Teachers of English.