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ERIC Number: ED087057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May
Pages: 13
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A Theory of Meaning for the Performance of Literature.
Minister, Kristina
Communication theories provide some assistance to these involved with interpretive reading, but the performance of literature calls for its own theory based on meaning and the unique qualities of interpretive skills. Theories of meaning involve both word meaning, based on the generalized processes of shared language experiences, and a personalized meaning, based on individual, differentiated experiences of readers and audience members. Meaning includes both intellectual and emotional responses to a piece of literature. A theory based on meaning can establish other theories unique both to the experience and performance of literature, including explanations of the general principles of advanced interpretive reading. This suggests analytical studies on the phenomenon of interpretation as related to both literary subjects and their development in performance. Empirical research could center on distinguishing between naturally acquired skills and the learned components of interpretive techniques. (RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Doctoral Honors Seminar, "The Phenomenon of Performance," (1st, Northwestern University, School of Speech, May 9-11, 1973)