n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - "Shaking a dead geranium" - creating an experiential context for the study of a literary text : a descriptive and critical-reflective account
|Article Title||"Shaking a dead geranium" - creating an experiential context for the study of a literary text : a descriptive and critical-reflective account|
|© Publisher:||South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT)|
|Journal||Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig|
|Publication Date||Jun 2007|
|Pages||115 - 126|
|Keyword(s)||American novel, Critical-reflective method, Curriculum design, Ken Kesey, Literature teaching, Module development and The politics of mental illness|
Engendered by the question - Does the study of literature need to be related to life, and, if so, how? - this article and the module it describes constitute the outcomes of reflections on that question. It also considers briefly the shortcomings of the converse position - that literature does not necessarily need to be related to life.
The article's raison d'être is is to provide a descriptive and critical-reflective account of one attempt to create an experiential context within which a literary text could be studied. It offers a case study of the practicalities and processes involved in creating a teaching module for a one-semester course for third-year students in which life experience is integrated with literature study. Comments and suggestions are made en passant about ways in which the course could be expanded to 32 credits (from its present 16) by the inclusion of other appropriate texts.
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