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ERIC Number: ED131496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Pages: 31
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Skill in the Arts: The Functions and Development of Presentational Symbolism.
Applebee, Arthur N.
A general model of the uses of symbolic systems is defined in terms of the use of two techniques of symbolization: transactional and presentational. These techniques in turn are shown to relate to underlying modes of experience, which Susanne Langer has discussed as objective and subjective feeling, respectively. The second half of the paper provides a summary of the developmental course of presentational (or artistic) techniques. Developmental changes in skill in literature, music, and the pictorial arts are discussed in terms of the complexity of the experience which can be mastered, the specific techniques and conventions of symbolic systems, and the relationships between the experience in a work and the life-experience of the individual. Parallels are noted between the development of skill in the arts and other areas of psychological development, including the changes that result from the acquisition of formal operational modes of thinking. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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