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Burton Lectures 1963

Learning in Language and Literature

The Developing Imagination. Insistent Tasks in Language Learning

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$6.95 • £5.95 • €6.50

ISBN 9780674520004

Publication Date: 12/01/1963


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Two complementary lectures approach the problems of education from both practical and imaginative viewpoints.

In The Developing Imagination, Northrup Frye argues that “the ultimate purpose of teaching literature is…the transferring of the imaginative habit…from the laboratory of literature to the life of mankind.” Frye’s sympathies are with the pupil as he defends imagination and individualism.

A. R. MacKinnon’s Insistent Tasks in Language Learning suggests that “fragmentation” between primary, secondary, and college education intensifies the divergence of humanities and sciences. He proposes a means of cooperation between all educational levels.

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