Literature as Exploration (5th edition)

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Louise Rosenblatt's Literature as Exploration has influenced literary theorists and teachers of literature at all levels. This attractive trade paperback edition features a new foreword by Wayne Booth, a new preface and retrospective chapter by the author, and an updated list of suggested readings.

In Literature as Exploration, Rosenblatt presents her unique theory of literature and focuses on the immense, often untapped, potential for the study and teaching of literature in a ...

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Overview

Louise Rosenblatt's Literature as Exploration has influenced literary theorists and teachers of literature at all levels. This attractive trade paperback edition features a new foreword by Wayne Booth, a new preface and retrospective chapter by the author, and an updated list of suggested readings.

In Literature as Exploration, Rosenblatt presents her unique theory of literature and focuses on the immense, often untapped, potential for the study and teaching of literature in a democratic society. The author's philosophy of literature is frequently cited as the first presentation of reader-response theory, but she differs from her successors in emphasizing both the reader and the text. Her "transactional" theory of literature examines the reciprocal nature of the literary experience and explains why meaning is neither "in" the text nor "in" the reader. Each reading is "a particular event involving a particular reader and a particular text under particular circumstances." And teachers of literature, Rosenblatt argues, play a pivotal role in influencing how students perform in response to a text.

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"This is a book for all teachers and all prospective teachers regardless of what they teach. Since its first publication in 1938 it has remained vital and significant, never giving in to time or fads."

Teaching and Learning Literature

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"This is a book for all teachers and all prospective teachers regardless of what they teach. Since its first publication in 1938 it has remained vital and significant, never giving in to time or fads."

Teaching and Learning Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873525688
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: 5th ed
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 341
  • Sales rank: 521,137
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword by Wayne Booth vii

Preface to the Fifth Edition xv

part I. The Province of Literature

1. The Challenge of Literature 3

2. The Literary Experience 24

part II. The Human Basis of Literary Sensitivity

3. The Setting for Spontaneity 55

4. What the Student Brings to Literature 74

5. Broadening the Framework 104

part III. Literary Sensitivity as the Source

of Insight

6. Some Basic Social Concepts 121

7. Personality 173

8. Emotion and Reason 214

Coda: A Performing Art 263

part IV. Reaffirmations

Retrospect and Prospect 281

For Further Reading 299

Works Cited 307

Index 311

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