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ERIC Number: ED059199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Pages: 7
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Nineteenth-Century English Literature and Twentieth-Century American Problems.
Worth, George J.
Bulletin of the Kansas Association of Teachers of English, v56 n2 December 1970
This document focuses on relevance in literature. The question is posed: What are teachers of English doing to help bring about a day when there will be no more politically motivated arson, no more riots, nor more young people shot in the streets or on the campuses? The point is made that there is scarcely a major English author in the 19th century who does not speak in some profound way to one or more 20th century problems. These problems are described as those of living in the modern world, in a rapidly growing industrial, scientific, technological, materialistic, urbanized society. It is claimed that today's most gifted writers tend to ignore these problems because they have given up on the modern world. It is further claimed that the best 19th century writers resemble the best of our youth in their refusal to come to terms with this new age. The document is concluded with a quote from Carlyle to the effect that there are values even in a materialistic world that lead us to live purposeful and aware lives. (Author/CK)
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