An Ethical Ideal? Louise Rosenblatt and Democracy—A Personalist Reconsideration

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Louise Rosenblatt’s theory of literary experience was a landmark in twentieth-centurycontributions to aesthetics, pedagogy, and literary theory. Her work is consistently studied,although critical re-evaluations have waned in the past ten years or so. This essay turns to Rosenblatt’spolitical commitment to democracy and argues that in her writing, her politics are in conflict with hermore personalist sympathies concerning the value of the human being. I draw on the philosophy ofpersonalism to show how Rosenblatt’s writing on imagination offers a more congenial framework forthinking about building harmonious human relations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number29
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
Issue number2
Early online date21 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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