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ERIC Number: EJ816168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
The Poet, the Child and the Blackbird: Aesthetic Reading and Spiritual Development
Smith, David I.
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v9 n2 p143-154 2004
This article explores the potential and limitations of Louise Rosenblatt's account of aesthetic reading as a basis for understanding the relationship between literary experience and spiritual development. It does so by examining a particular act of reading involving a poem by Ernst Jandl in the light of Rosenblatt's account of "aesthetic reading" and Kierkegaard's categories of the poet and the child. It is argued that an account of the relationship of spirituality to the reading of literature needs to go beyond the immediate experience of the act of reading and take into account the way that literary meanings are responded to in later living and the way in which attentiveness to textual detail can be rooted in spiritual attitudes. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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