The Age of Appreciation: Reading and Teaching Classic Literature in Australia in the Early Twentieth Century
The article discusses reading and teaching classic literature in Australia in the early twentieth century, the age of appreciation. Ralph Spaulding's work on the teaching of poetry in Tasmania in the first half of the twentieth century highlights the currency of the term appreciation in the discourse of primary and secondary school English education at that time. The lifelong devotion of George Mackaness to the cause of Australian literature seems never to have lessened his enthusiasm for teaching Australian trainee teachers how best to appreciate and to enable their own students to appreciate, the aesthetic qualities of classic English literature.
Australian Literary Studies