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ERIC Number: ED076980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 311
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The Practice of Literary Criticism in the Elementary School as Informed by the Literary and Educational Theory of Northrop Frye.
Sloan, Glenna Davis
This study explores the proposition that literary criticism may be an important part of the elementary school curriculum and that its practice can be informed by the theories of Northrop Frye. The study is in three parts. The first chapter of Part I argues that there is virtually no emphasis in the elementary school on the study of literature as literature; the second chapter discusses how the synoptic theory of Frye may provide a way of reforming the curriculum to include literary criticism. Part II describes Frye's comprehensive theory of the role of literature in developing literacy and the social value of literary studies. Part III proposes applications of Frye's theories. The first chapter discusses the first aspect of teaching literary criticism on the elementary level: encouraging the enjoyment of poems and stories as imaginative entities. The second chapter discusses how elementary studies can form a basis for advanced studies. Frye's structural principles provide a deductive framework for the teacher to help students make their own discoveries about literature. Application for content and methods, with examples appropriate to the elementary school, are provided. (Author/DI)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Columbia University