ERIC Number: ED202017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
The Nature of Knowledge in Literature.
Knowledge gained from literature is not knowledge that can be classified, abstracted, and transferred to the general context of a body of knowledge such as constitutes psychology or sociology. Extensive literary examples demonstrate that literature can, however, enrich an understanding of what it is to interpret and make sense of things, increase self-understanding, enhance the awareness of one's own understanding and confrontations with the world, and help a reader in connecting otherwise disconnected life experiences. The degree of understanding a reader extracts from a piece of literature depends on the reader's stockpile of experience. (AEA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).