Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Jan Kominsky Comenius

Announcement from Kevin Glick invokes Moravian pastor and educator Jan Komensky Comenius (a.k.a. Johann Amos Comenius), who maintained that universal education could produce a utopian society, and that, pedagogically, the perception of objects presupposes the comprehension of words.

Note that Comenius appears on window in Education Seminar [SML 409] alongside:

Friedrich Froebel.
Jean Jacques Rousseau.
Heinrich Pestalozzi.
Horace Mann.
Roger Ascham.
Henry Barnard.

Comenius published Orbis Sensualium Pictus in 1658, and an English translation, A World of Things Obvious to the Senses in 1659, and thereby "shaped a model of children's literature in which images played a central role." Glick continues: "Thorugh the nineteenth century, illustrated books were considered a crucial means of social and poiticial education."

Context is SML LH lecture "The Elusive Child: Illustrated Children's Books in Early Twentieth-Century Germany," by Martin Blumental-Bary, Yale doctoral candidate in German Literature. This lecutre coincides with a Sterling exhibition of German children's literature from the 19th through early 20th centuries.

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