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ERIC Number: ED106868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 10
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The Dangers of Fragmentation.
Bryant, J. A., Jr.
In this paper, it is argued that fragmentation inevitably occurs in a discipline whenever that discipline loses its distinctive center, and that the proper center for any program of literary study is an abiding concern with demonstrating and teaching the function of the symbolic imagination. The author suggests that any department of literature that fails to center its program on the teaching of literature as a special mode of knowledge quite distinct from the modes employed by the social and political sciences forfeits its right to be called a department of literature. Literature can be approached in the following three general ways: reading for pleasure, reading for substantial knowledge, and reading to understand the function of the symbolic imagination. Only the third way will keep the study of literature alive. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (44th, Washington, D. C., October 31-November 2, 1974)