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ERIC Number: ED085696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Pages: 8
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Literature, Readers and Responses.
Allen James L., Jr.
In his recent book, "With Respect to Readers: Dimensions of Literary Response," (See ED 048 291) Slatoff stresses the view that a variety of responses to any given work of literature will inevitably occur among various readers and that the subject of study in a course on literature should not be simply the pieces of writing, but the nature, significance, and values of the multidimensional interaction between those pieces of writing and the consciousness of the individual reading them. Slatoff's book is a strenuous negative reaction to methods of studying literature that were spawned in the United States by the "New Criticism" and by formalistic criticism. A piece of literature is not so much an object as it is a source of an experience. It is this complex, many-faceted individual experience which occurs when a reader involves himself with a literary work that Slatoff wishes to explore on mental, emotional, spiritual, ethical, and physiological dimensions, although he acknowledges that techniques of studying and teaching literature have not begun to provide even the most rudimentary guidelines for such a complicated understanding. (RB)
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