ERIC Number: ED197280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Woman as Reader: Pedagogical Implications.
Flynn, Elizabeth A.
Twenty-six women and 26 men enrolled in a humanities course at Michigan Technological University wrote their initial impressions to short stories by James Joyce, James Baldwin, Doris Lessing, and Virginia Woolf. The names were removed and the journal entries were analyzed in light of these four questions: (1) Do women refer to their personal experience more than men when writing about literature? (2) Do women see their own inadequacies as readers as the cause of their frustration when reading difficult texts? (3) Do women think of texts as objects created by an author or as depictions of relatively unmediated experience? (4) Are women more sensitive to female experience than are men when they read texts? The data revealed that neither men nor women related texts to their own experiences very frequently and, if anything, men did so more frequently than women. It also showed that women more frequently attributed their frustration to the text itself, while men more often attributed their frustration to their own inadequacies. In addition, the data indicated that male students were more aware of the text as a created object than were the women, and that more women than men referred to female characters, particularly when the characters were peripheral. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reader Response
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association (22nd, Minneapolis, MN, November 6-8, 1980).