Aesthetic Studies in Education and Literature
In the ancient Greek education there was a focus on art education such as musical education and drama education. This primary art education is the rudiment of aesthetic education. It aims at leading students to be self-regulated and be able to get rid of all faults. Plato believes that students would get the habit to love the beautiful thing and integrate it with their mind unknowingly and prevent the influence from the evil, the debauchery, the contemptibility, and the obscenity. Plato thinks that the best education is music education, for music is to look for the beauty and the good in heart and the person with good music education is smart to find out which the ugly is and which the beautiful is. Aristotle also takes note of music’s special status in aesthetic education. When he expounds music’s social function, he talks about that music has the functions on education, spiritualization and spiritual enjoyment.
“Aesthetic education,” is an intentional undertaking designed to nurture appreciative, reflective, cultural, participatory engagements with the arts by enabling learners to notice what is there to be noticed and to lend works of arts their lives in such a way that they can achieve them as meaningful (Greene, 1991, p.6)
Aesthetic education has three aspects. First is the cultivating of the aesthetic faculties which involve the cultivating of sentience, imagination and understanding. Second is the cultivating of aesthetic taste which is the cultivating of the interest and feeling. Third is the cultivating of the aesthetic ideal which is the cultivating of the spirit, personality and life philosophy (Xuxiao, 2016).
When it comes to literature, aestheticism is an intellectual and art movement supporting the emphasis of aesthetic values more than social-political themes.
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