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ERIC Number: ED145472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Sensate Focus and the Suspension of Disbelief: Relationships between Love, Sex and Literature.
May, Charles E.
This paper develops a relationship between the dynamics of sexual-fantasy response and the dynamics of literary response that could be exploited by encouraging students to learn by inventing, to fantasize, and to suspend their disbelief when reading all kinds of literature. Just as sexual fantasy focuses attention on the pleasures of sexual intercourse rather than on functional performance, so does literary appreciation depend, in part, on a suspension of disbelief and a focus on reading pleasure rather than on reading performance. The paper concludes that teachers can best help their students to read and understand literature by encouraging and elaborating student fantasies. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Association of Teachers of English (19th, Los Angeles, February 18-20, 1977); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document