Why Study Literature in College?





Rochon, François

In this article, the author pursues the debate started by Louis Cornellier on teaching literature and philosophy in college. Even though he shares the same passion for teaching and literature, he re-examines the key proposals put forth and adds his own opinions. The author bases his arguments on four fundamental questions punctuated by examples and quotes. For example: “What does a literary and philosophical culture give our students?” “What place does past experience have in our teaching?” “What should be considered reading material?” “Are we evaluators or educators?” The author then tackles the question of literature and makes an eloquent plea on its behalf. According to him, literature is an adventure in words, language and the imagination. It is a multitude of singular words that produce a universe of meaning waiting to be explored, where life is seen in a multiplicity of aspects. Finally, there is the flavour that brings teaching to life and awakens students to the world of meaning and significance: sociability, humour, anecdote and tone of voice...


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