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Literature: A Performing Art

by Louise M. Rosenblatt - 1967

The literary work is not primarily a document in the history of language or society. It is not simply a mirror of, or report on, life. It is not a homily setting forth moral or philosophic or religious precepts. As a work of art, it offers a special kind of experience. It is a mode of living. The poem, the play, the story, is thus an extension, an amplification, of life itself. The reader's primary purpose is to add this kind of experience to the other kinds of desirable experience that life may offer.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 68 Number 4, 1967, p. 307-315
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2172, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 2:29:11 PM

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