'Energetic space' : literary experience and learning

Takolander, Maria 2009, 'Energetic space' : literary experience and learning, College literature, vol. 36, no. 3, Summer, pp. 165-183.

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Title 'Energetic space' : literary experience and learning
Author(s) Takolander, Maria
Journal name College literature
Volume number 36
Issue number 3
Season Summer
Start page 165
End page 183
Total pages 19
Publisher West Chester University
Place of publication West Chester, Pa.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 0093-3139
1542-4286
Keyword(s) literature
education
Summary This essay is part of an interdisciplinary research project into literary aesthetics and its relationship with pedagogy. The paper brings cognitive and evolutionary scientific perspectives to bear on literary and cultural theory to address the aesthetic effect (defined as the transporting and transformative power of the literary text) and its potential personal or civic benefits. The paper offers non-transcendentalist explanations for the aesthetic experience, viewing it less as a privileged category of feeling than as an experience available to all symbolic beings. The paper also proposes an original thesis about the virtual and transformative space of reading as one that ultimately epitomises intellectual freedom. The inquiry is lent urgency by the current cultural and political climate in which not only literature but also literary studies, despite its long association with education and its prominent place in the Culture Wars, is in institutional decline.
Language eng
Field of Research 200525 Literary Theory
200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020292

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