[ilds] Mr. Esposito

james Esposito giacomoesposito72 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 25 09:08:26 PDT 2016


I am very sorry indeed to learn that you disagree with the following
statement:
"Education surely exists to enlighten young minds (and older!) and to give
them a better understanding of themselves and the world."
James Esposito

On Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 5:55 PM, Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
wrote:

> This whole approach seems to me a grossly oversimplified approach to the
> appreciation and teaching of literature, which after all is not some
> exercise in logical positivism.  Words are tricky and not reducible to pat
> meanings, and how writers use words is even far more complex.  So I
> disagree with all your statements.
>
> Bruce
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Mar 25, 2016, at 1:58 AM, james Esposito <giacomoesposito72 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> By 'teaching their students how to enjoy texts' I meant that I see the
> principal purpose of teaching as the widening of students' appreciation of
> their chosen subject, be it literature, science or any other discipline.
> Education surely exists to enlighten young minds (and older!) and to give
> them a better understanding of themselves and the world. That may seem very
> old-fashioned but I think such purposes are diminished by what Keats called
> (paraphrase) unnecessary reaching out for reason - that is, the searching
> for explanations of what, ultimately, cannot be explained - credo quia
> absurdum. We owe it to ourselves and others (we, being teachers, writers
> and readers) to focus primarily on what the texts say, not what they don't
> say, or what a critic may think they say.
> James Esposito
>
>
> On Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 1:25 AM, Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
> > wrote:
>
>> I wonder what it means “to enjoy texts?”  Isn’t that what we’re doing?  I
>> think James Gifford is on target.  And I, a non-academic, thank him for his
>> insights, which increase my enjoyment.  Keep it up, James!
>>
>> Bruce
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> > On Mar 24, 2016, at 3:32 PM, james Esposito <
>> giacomoesposito72 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > I perhaps did not make myself clear on the subject of Durrell's
>> relationship to the modernists. Of course he was well aware of the Eliots,
>> Huxleys, etc, but what I meant was that we should not necessarily assume
>> 'the anxiety of influence' - the fact that there are echoes of Eliot etc in
>> Durrell's work does not allow us to infer that he deliberately set out to
>> imitate them or to make obvious references to them - merely that, as a
>> (still) apprentice writer in the first 2 novels he was setting out his own
>> stall, not theirs.
>> > And as for Keats, if I remember correctly, he got killed.
>> > As for the mud bricks, I think it's completely far-fetched to read
>> political persuasions into the fact that Durrell referred to a basic
>> building material. They were just mud-bricks, not political slogans.
>> > I think there is far too much time and effort spent on trying to
>> analyse what Durrell may or may not have ingested into his writer's
>> subconscious. It may be an amusing pastime for academics, but they should
>> be teaching their students how to enjoy texts and not how to tear them
>> apart. It isn't 'hunting of the snark' territory.
>> > James Esposito
>> >
>> >
>>
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