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Aesthetic Reverberations in Literature and Education

Feryal Cubukcu

Aestheticism is broader in scope than the philosophy of art. It is also broader than the philosophy of beauty, in that it applies to any of the responses we might expect works of art or entertainment to elicit, whether positive or negative. That is why the articles in this collective volume aim to highlight the various reverberations of aestheticism on literature and education over the centuries.

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An Aesthetic Approach to Teaching Short Stories. (Nazan Tutaş)


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Nazan Tutaş1

An Aesthetic Approach to Teaching Short Stories

1. Introduction

Literature implies a kind of artistic creation associated in our minds with certain forms of writing and certain genres (novels, poems, short stories and plays). The way we read a poem or a novel differs from the way we read an article in a newspaper or an encyclopaedia. We prepare ourselves to think harder, more imaginatively, more responsively when we read literature. For many years, traditional approaches to literature, which include either lecturing students or having detailed question-and-answer sessions with the whole class, have been applied in the classrooms. It is commonly thought that the reasons for using the traditional method may be a fear that students may miss some important or interesting details. But it must be noted that the emphasis on the traditional teaching approach inhibits student creativity and freedom in responding openly to a text and in bringing their own insights to a text. More importantly, it may diminish the motivation and interest in the classroom and may give rise to boredom and dissatisfaction.

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