ERIC Number: ED333446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Five Kinds of Literary Knowing. Report Series 5.5.
Probst, Robert E.
The reading of a literary work can give rise to five different kinds of literary knowing: (1) knowing about self; (2) knowing about others; (3) knowing about texts; (4) knowing about contexts; and (5) knowing about processes of making meaning. A literary work can prompt a reader to reflect upon aspects of his or her own life. Concentrating upon individual responses to texts allows students to see and learn from similarities and differences among classmates. A text also provides an opportunity for taking pleasure in the writer's artistry. Making meaning depends in part upon the context in which the reader and the text come together. Students can learn something about their own processes of making meaning from texts. Journals and reading logs can be designed to initiate exchanges between students as to how text readings can differ. Such approaches suggest that the expository, analytical essay is not to be over-emphasized. Other genres can also be suitable for the classroom. There should be a correlation between what students go through as they grow up and what great writers have written about. It may be possible to find organizing principles in the transactions between writer and text. The next step is to redesign the curriculum into a structure that respects the uniqueness of the reader. (Three diagrams are included.) (SG)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Epistemology, Higher Education, Individual Differences, Literature Appreciation, Reader Text Relationship, Secondary Education, Self Concept
Literature Center, University of Albany, Ed B-9, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222.
Publication Type: Reports - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Literature, Albany, NY.