ERIC Number: ED068973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Literature and the Reader: Research in Response to Literature, Reading Interests, and the Teaching of Literature.
Purves, Alan C.; Beach, Richard
A review of research in the three areas of response to literature, reading interests, and the teaching of literature is presented. Each category of study is discussed in a separate chapter, with a bibliography included at the end of the chapter. In evaluating each study, the authors focus on the question with which it deals and its conceptual design more than on the statistical treatment used. The authors divide their comments and questions into ten areas and state that all areas point to the complexity of the process of reading literature and the need to show the interworkings of the process. They also conclude that the processes of reading and literary response involve complex relationships among the reader, the literary work, and the situation of reading. Abstracts of some of the most significant studies dealing with the nature of the literary response and related to the teaching of literature are included in an appendix. (Author/DI)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Reading Ability, Reading Interests, Reading Research, Student Teacher Relationship, Teaching
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Road, Urbana, Ill. 61801 (Stock No. 36918, $3.50 member, $3.90 non-member)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Note: Final Report to the National Endowment for the Humanities, Sept. 1969-Jan. 31, 1972