ERIC Number: ED188222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Infinite Combinations: Integrating Composition and Literature.
Petersen, Bruce T.
David Bleich's work in reader response and James Britton's composition research provide a theoretical justification for the use of composition in the literature class and for the use of literature in the writing class. Britton has found that talking about writing is valuable since talk is more expressive than writing. In the literature class teachers should be encouraging students to consciously write and talk about the associations they have to a piece of literature. Bleich proposes that the structure of our response to new experience, including literature, argues for a reanalysis of pedagogical practice in the literature class. Teachers should consciously use students' immediate responses to their readings to help them create knowledge about the text. Both argue that our first approach to knowing is founded on an emotional base. Our first response to literature is affective and our first response in the writing process is expressive--both are associated with personal concerns. This parallel argues strongly for an integration of literature and composition as a joint means to develop the cognitive processes which structure thought and language. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reader Response
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (11th, Dearborn, MI, April 10-12, 1980).