n French Studies in Southern Africa - Le discours littéraire : Finalité esthétique et visée pragmatique

Volume 2002, Issue 31
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



Is literature or its teaching still relevant in this modern era of technostructure and cyberculture where the use of language seems to be reduced to its basic communicative and professional functions? This paper will analyze the problematics of the teaching of literature, discuss the methodologies applied so far and assess their relevance to the development of the human being and intellect. Literature is undoubtedly one of the rare sciences which teach us how to become human beings and how to behave as such either individually or collectively. No other sciences, be they 'soft' or 'hard', seem to be in a position to compete with the study and teaching of literature in such a noble and sacred endeavour, particularly since that most educational institutions have nowadays given up the teaching of moral values. Our focus is mainly on the works of J.M.G. Le Clezio's (a French writer of Mauritian origin), and more specifically on his collection of short stories entitled (1978). Emphasis is laid on the aesthetic and pragmatic aspects of the text, i.e. its emotional, cultural, religious and / or ideological impact on the reader.

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