Journal Eight: A New Aesethetic

With Melville, Davis and Whitman, we have moved completely away from the rigidly didactic works, those meant to teach in a direct manner, to those that put a premium on education through entertainment and some engagement with an aesthetic experience. Compare the work of this week's writers to some of the earlier, more didactic works, that we have read. How does their teaching differ? How might it be the same? See what you can find in this regard. Illustrate your examination with passages from Melville, Davis and Whitman, along with the earlier writers you choose to work with (one for each comparative example). Same deadlines as always, for the journal itself and responses to at least two other journals and to at least one response to your journal.