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Literature as Exploration

reviewed by Edward J. Gordon - 1969

coverTitle: Literature as Exploration
Author(s): Louise M. Rosenblatt
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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One of the classic studies on the teaching of English, Literature as Exploration, first published in 1938, has been revised and should be required reading for anyone who intends to teach the subject. To reread it is to see how remarkably up to date its ideas are, especially when they are juxtaposed against the findings of the Dartmouth Conference (the Anglo-American Seminar). Louise Rosenblatt argues for totally involving the student in the literary experience, through inductive teaching and the raising of personally meaningful questions. The purpose of the book is to answer two main questions: "How can the experience and study of literature foster a sounder understanding of life and nourish the development of balanced, humane personalities? How can the teacher minister to the love of literature, initiate his students into its delights, and at the same time further these broad aims?"(x) The argument is not, as in too many guides, to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 70 Number 6, 1969, p. 566-568
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1935, Date Accessed: 3/1/2021 2:02:14 PM

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