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ERIC Number: ED353595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 18
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Dynamics of Change: Speculation on the Forthcoming Model of Response to Literature.
Armstrong, Karen
In what appear to be grand saccadic leaps, research on reader response has turned first, at the beginning of the century, to the external reality of the text; then to the internal reality of the reader; and finally to the movement of the response process itself. Three metaphors derive from the three successive research orientations: from the text-based model comes the mechanistic metaphor; from the reader-based model emerges the socio-political metaphor; and from the response-based model comes the organic metaphor. In this paper, a brief description of each metaphor as it emerges from its respective research period is given, followed by remarks on its application to the overall conceptual changes in research and a mention of its strengths and limitations. The dynamics of change across these metaphors is then elucidated, and a fourth metaphor, the holonomic, is offered for speculation. This new model or metaphor emphasizes the underlying unity of seemingly disparate elements. Unlike the preceding metaphors, the holonomic metaphor of response to literature emphasizes deep rather than surface structure. This proposed holonomic model is not only internally consistent with the previous dynamics of change, it is also congruent with the predictions of researchers concerning future directions which will emphasize collaboration and self-actualization. The quest for relevance and accuracy in response research from the mechanistic to the holonomic metaphor provides compelling evidence of the extraordinary wisdom, power, and beauty of human consciousness. (Twenty-five references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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