ERIC Number: ED052216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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More Battle Than Books.
Major obstacles to good teaching of literature are discussed. To teach literature is to teach reading of mature literature, by oneself. Certain characteristics of our culture present major obstacles to accomplishing this teaching task: (1) the fact that we are a business-oriented culture with values that conflict with those that are inherent in aesthetic experience; (2) because we are technologically oriented, we are not alert to aesthetic values; (3) since, in our society, it is acceptable to do what is of interest but to say only what sounds well, no sound literature can be nourished nor is it possible to read any for long; (4) since we believe only in the active life, the contemplative can be defended only in terms of the active; and (5) as a culture with a push-button conception of human reaction, our whole approach to life is inimical to aesthetic experience. (DB)
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Cultural Influences, English Instruction, Essays, Literature, Reading Development, Social Values, Teaching Methods
Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 ($10.00)
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Note: Essay contained in "Essays by Rosemond Tuve," edited by Thomas P. Roche, Jr.