Didacticism

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Not to be confused with Didactic method.
"Didactic" redirects here. For the album by Means End, see The Didact.

Didacticism is a philosophy that emphasizes instructional and informative qualities in literature and other types of art.[1][2] The term has its origin in the Ancient Greek word διδακτικός (didaktikos), "related to education and teaching", and signified learning in a fascinating and intriguing manner.[3]

Didactic art was meant both to entertain and to instruct. Didactic plays, for instance, were intended to convey a moral theme or other rich truth to the audience.[4][5] An example of didactic writing is Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism (1711), which offers a range of advice about critics and criticism. An example of didactism in music is the chant Ut queant laxis, which was used by Guido of Arezzo to teach solfege syllables.

Around the 19th century the term didactic came to also be used as a criticism for work that appears to be overly burdened with instructive, factual, or otherwise educational information, to the detriment of the enjoyment of the reader (a meaning that was quite foreign to Greek thought). Edgar Allan Poe even called didacticism the worst of "heresies" in his essay The Poetic Principle.

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Some instances of didactic literature include:

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Further reading[edit]

  • Glaisyer, Natasha and Sara Pennell. Didactic Literature in England, 1500-1800: Expertise Reconstructed'.' (Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2003).
  • Pumilia-Gnarini, Paolo M., Favaron, Elena, Pacetti, Elena and Bishop, Jonathan. Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating Advancements (IGI Global, 2012). ISBN 1466621222

References[edit]

  1. ^ What’s Wrong with Didacticism? Academia.edu, Retrieved 30 Oct 2013
  2. ^ Didactic Literature or Didacticism, University of Houston–Clear Lake, Retrieved 30 Oct 2013
  3. ^ RELIGIOUS AWAKENING STORIES IN LATE MEDIEVAL JAPAN: THE DYNAMICS OF DIDACTICISM, Retrieved 30 Oct 2013
  4. ^ Didacticism in Morality Plays, Retrieved 30 Oct 2013
  5. ^ Glossary of Literary Terms, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Retrieved 30 Oct 2013
  6. ^ Didacticism, Boston College Libraries, Retrieved 30 Oct 2013