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ERIC Number: ED087044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 8
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Literary Criticism: The Teacher as Servant to the Student.
Turner, Darwin T.
Teachers of literature do not merely guide students; they also serve as critics. Teachers should remember that their classroom role as literary critics is to serve the needs of students who may not become future scholars of literature. Consequently, in deciphering the complexities of literature, teachers must focus on what the students need in order to learn to read more perceptively and analytically. The teacher must try to help a student develop three basic understandings of a piece of literature: an understanding of the approaches to determining meaning; an understanding of genres or forms and their characteristics; and an understanding of the limitations of interpretation and evaluation. Rather than restricting themselves to the particular approaches which they prefer when analyzing literature for their own publications, teachers should guide students to an awareness of various approaches which may include literal, historical, and cultural interpretations, stressing several different analytical approaches. (RB)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (63rd, Philadelphia, November 22-24, 1973)