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ERIC Number: ED082239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 174
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Student Response to Narrative Techniques in Fiction.
Nicol, Elizabeth Anne Hyslop
Research on literary response has had little to say about student response to authors' techniques in particular literary works. For this study, 165 senior high students of superior verbal ability were asked to read two short stories and to indicate what they thought made each story effective by selecting from an inventory comments which matched their own responses to the story. The data were analyzed for possible trends due to presentation order, story characteristics, sex of the reader, and reader attitudes, but none affected the nature of the response. The group response to individual stories was analyzed in the context of professional critiques of each story. Students seemed more responsive to immediately significant aspects of the story than to aspects whose importance was primarily formal. The simplest stories were the best-liked, but response closer in content to the critics' observations was made to stories with several levels of meaning. The inventory of comments seemed to have provided an objective set for the students, enabling them to be more attentive than they normally were to authors' techniques. The comments developed here were quite sophisticated, but the approach could be modified for students of various reading abilities. (Author/TO)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Stanford University