Cultural Literacy and Arts Education

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Ralph Alexander Smith
University of Illinois Press, 1991 - Education - 171 pages
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Thirteen experts in the visual arts, literature, music, dance, and theater responded to the arguments of E. D. Hirsch's "Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know", focusing particularily on his alarm at the serious slippage that has occurred in the background knowledge and information prerequisite for effective communication. These authorities addressed two questions: (1) What it means for people to be "literate" (that is, able to understand communications and have relevant experiences) in various art forms? (2) What sorts of context should such individuals bring to their encounters with works in these art forms and what would that imply for arts education? The contributing specialists are E. D. Hirsch, Jr., Harry S. Broudy, Jerrold Levinson, Patti P. Gillespie, Walter H. Clark, Jr., John Adkins Richardson, Francis Sparshott, Clifton Olds, Marcia Muelder Eaton, Ronald Berman, Lucian Krukowski, Michael J. Parsons, and David J. Elliot. (KM)
 

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Contents

Reflections on Cultural Literacy and Arts Education
1
Cultural Literacy and General Education
7
Musical Literacy
17
How Do We Get There and Do We Want to Go?
31
Literature Education and Cultural Literacy
49
The Visual Arts and Cultural Literacy
57
Contexts of Dance
73
A Renaissance Artists Cultural Literacy
89
Putting Meaning into the Life of Sisyphus
97
Cultural History and Cultural Materialism
111
Contextualism and Autonomy in Aesthetics
123
The Psychological Context
135
Toward a Multicultural Concept of Arts Education
147
Index
167
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