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ERIC Number: ED358451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Telling Tales: Bridging the Gap between Narrative Tales and Critical Insights.
Shimkin, David
In recent years, distinctions between expository and narrative modes of thought, as between personal and academic motives for writing, have become less clear cut. Looking for ways to tap the potential of journal entries in which students tell stories about their own experience in response to literature yields useful connections between narrative and critical sensibilities. For instance, Raymond Carver's short story "Boxes," prompted one student to write a poem that explored the same theme of flight from responsibility. This narrative exercise became part of an interpretive process which students too often find forbiddingly abstract and mysterious. The process of telling their own tales helped students become markedly less adversarial toward literary texts in general. Similarly, allowing students in an introductory literature class to select the reading material prompted them to fashion interpretations out of the stories they chose. Practice in developing their narrative abilities contributes to students' ability to develop critical insights. It helps them bridge the gap between their own stories and those of recognized authors. (SAM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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