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ERIC Number: ED341063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 49
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Mapping the Landscape of Literature and Life.
Hynds, Susan; Garrison, Brigitte
A study generated a system for describing and analyzing the shifting focus from reader to text in written responses to literature, and explored the stances that readers adopt as they focus on personal, textual, and extra-textual concerns. Ten proficient and 10 less proficient undergraduate readers engaged in open-ended, exploratory written responses to 4 literary texts outside of the classroom setting. Analyses suggested that proficient and less proficient readers respond to literary reading in fundamentally different ways. Less proficient readers tend to focus heavily on "reader bound" descriptions of personal experience, while proficient readers tend to use personal experience as a way of reflecting on textual and extra-textual events. Analyses revealed that while all readers in the study journeyed into their own world, the world of the text, and the world beyond, proficient readers explored these worlds through a stance of connecting and extending, while less proficient readers often seemed to adopt a posture of disconnecting and escaping. (A table and two figures are included.) (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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