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ERIC Number: ED116214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 8
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Reference Count: 0
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What Our English Majors Lack Most: or, The Old "New Criticism" Reapplied.
Franson, J. Karl
This paper argues that the prevailing tendency in the teaching of literature today is to rely too heavily on secondary material. An approach to training English majors to explicate and evaluate literature on their own is described. Students should understand that literature is not often autobiographical, that the writer's original intent is not fundamental to the understanding of a work, and that writers are most often intelligent. Exercises that focus discussion on explication and evaluation should be offered to give students the challenge of spontaneous thinking and solving a given problem as a group. James Tate's poem "Dark Street" is used to illustrate the value to the approach described. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Study prepared at the University of Maine, Farmington; Poem by James Tate omitted due to copyright restrictions