ERIC Number: ED036560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1943
Reference Count: 0
Literature in American Education.
Lowry, Howard F.; And Others
This classic report on the relationship of literature and American education is an exposition of the importance of literature to the common man in a democratic society. No artificial distinction, the authors stress, is made between literature in the vernacular and literature in foreign languages. A defense of letters leads to a discussion of literature as the servant of the individual and of society. Other topics include how literature increases experience in human understanding in the quality of personal experiences, and in understanding the past. References to Hemingway, Sam Johnson, Donne, Jefferson, Arnold, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Milton, and Conant are often accompanied by selected commentary. The report attempts to liberate American education from the confines of pragmatism by illuminating intrinsic and eternal values of literary study. (RL)
Descriptors: American Culture, Authors, Democracy, Democratic Values, Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Educational Theories, Individualism, Literary Influences, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Middle Class Culture, Reports, Social Attitudes, Social Values, United States Literature, Values
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Modern Language Association of America, New York, NY. Commission on Trends in Education.