Lesson 1 (from Prefaces, and Introduction On Taste Part I)
Prefaces, and Introduction On Taste, Part I:
"A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful" prefatory material includes two Prefaces, one each for the first and second editions of the book, both written by Burke. This lesson will encourage students to critically consider and question the meaning, the usefulness, and the importance of adding prefatory material to a novel.
1. Writing Activity: In a paragraph or two, discuss the tone of the two Prefaces. What do they say about the text, and how do they say it? Is their tone serious, scholarly, pensive, argumentative, etc.? Above all, how do the Prefaces "prime" the reader for the Enquiry itself and do they prime the reader in more than one way?
2. Group Activity: In small groups, examine the Second Preface. What does Burke claim? What are his reasons for writing the Enquiry...
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