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

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9570


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 need to be related to life.

The article's 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 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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