ERIC Number: EJ1047842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 27
What Work Do the Concepts of "Language" and "Literature" Do for Michael Rosenak?
Levisohn, Jon A.
Journal of Jewish Education, v80 n4 p411-433 2014
Michael Rosenak uses the twin metaphors of "language" and "literature," borrowed from Oakeshott and Peters, to argue that the goal of education is initiation into a language. This goal transcends the study of literature in that language. It includes, as well, the development of the capacity both to critique literature and to produce literature of one's own. This article compares his use of the language-literature distinction to that of Oakeshott and Peters, revealing some inconsistencies that are driven by his desire to emphasize both autonomy and pluralism, on the one hand, and to maintain a residual essentialism on the other.
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Literature, Educational Objectives, Language Acquisition, Literary Criticism, Comparative Analysis, Personal Autonomy, Moral Values, Judaism, Religious Education
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