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'Energetic space' : literary experience and learning

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posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by Maria Takolander
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.

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Journal

College literature

Volume

36

Issue

3

Season

Summer

Pagination

165 - 183

Publisher

West Chester University

Location

West Chester, Pa.

ISSN

0093-3139

eISSN

1542-4286

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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