The Eternal Argument
A framework for understanding Western Literature and Culture.
Why do we read the “classics”? What’s the point? In The Eternal Argument, author Robin Finley explains the framework of why reading and teaching literature is such a meaningful endeavor. With great humor and excellent examples from literature and history, this book is a valuable supplement to your language arts curriculum that provides a launching point for discussion.
The Eternal Argument provides a framework for understanding Western Literature and Culture which will help the reader discover why reading and teaching literature is such a meaningful endeavor. The title “The Eternal Argument” was Robin’s term for her framework for studying these treasures. In her opinion western culture is really one big ongoing argument that debates whether Man or God is in charge of our lives. Many great works and classics can be interpreted through this “lens” to allow modern readers a deeper, more thorough understanding of these important works of literature.
While the topic is “academic,” the tone is not. Remember, Robin taught 8th graders for more than three decades! This book, available in either paperback or audiobook, is a supplement or enhancement to your regular language arts curriculum. It takes about a month to simply read or listen to each chapter and talk through the discussion questions included. There are no outside readings or assignments.
With great humor and many excellent examples from literature and history, The Eternal Argument explains this framework which will make reading and teaching literature a more meaningful endeavor. Robin enjoyed nothing more than sharing her materials and her teaching techniques and skills with home teachers in her workshops. It is this drive that has resulted in the final feather in Robin’s cap: The Eternal Argument. Robin taught classic literature for years and years. She was not a literature expert; there are books out there she hasn’t read! However, she WAS an expert in teaching literature. She’s formulated a way to make it relevant, important, and meaningful. That framework is The Eternal Argument.
Throughout The Eternal Argument many works of literature are discussed (but not necessarily recommended) and used as examples of what is happening or has happened on BOTH sides of the argument. Here is a partial list of books included:
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With great humor and many excellent examples of literature and history, The Eternal Argument explains the framework which will make reading and teaching literature a more meaningful endeavor.