ERIC Number: ED232140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Gadamer, Hermeneutics, and Composition.
Reader-response criticism may elucidate the relationship between reading and knowing. Unfortunately, discussions of stylistics and convention in anthologies of reader response criticism tend to focus on fairly specialized literary problems. David Bleich's subjective paradigm provides a framework through which the study of both response and interpretation can be actively integrated with the experience of response and interpretation, thereby transforming knowledge from something to be acquired into something that can be synthesized on behalf of self and community. However, his theory shortchanges the role of history, both in relation to the text and to the community of readers. What is needed is a philosophical grounding in a theory of understanding. Hans-Georg Gadamer provides such a theory. Gadamer broadens the scope of hermeneutic studies to include the conditions of understanding. To Gadamer, the scene of understanding is a conversation composed of question and answer. Just as the reader speaks from a point of view, so does the text, and the process of their communication Gadamer calls a "fusion of horizons." For this fusion to take place, the reader must first acquaint himself or herself with the text's tradition, by asking questions of the informational type, for example. Gadamer's hermeneutics can provide a basis for developing writing across the curriculum disciplinary approach in which the reading and writing are tied to a disciplinary methodology, a genuine context, a set of conventions, and a content. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Gadamer (Hans Georg); Hermeneutics; Reading Writing Relationship; Theory Practice Relationship
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (Los Angeles, CA, December 27-30, 1982).