ERIC Number: ED374466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
The Language of Interpretation: Patterns of Discourse in Discussions of Literature.
Marshall, James D.; And Others
Drawing on interviews and on the actual language that readers (students, teachers, and adults) use to interpret and respond to literary texts, this book examines the conventions that shape talk about literature in large groups, small groups, and adult book clubs. By looking across contexts, the four separate but related studies in the book raise questions about the usual ways of talking and thinking about literature and suggest alternatives based on new theories of literary understanding. After an introduction, sections of the book are entitled: (1) A Description of the Project; (2) Studies of Large-Group Discussions of Literature; (3) Small-Group Discussions: Alternatives to and Extensions of Teacher-Led Discussions; (4) Adult Book-Club Discussions: Toward an Understanding of the Culture of Practice; (5) Reading and Talking Together: Responses of Adolescents to Two Short Stories; and (6) Summary and Conclusions. Contains 92 references. An appendix provides excerpts that illustrate the application of the coding system. (RS)
Descriptors: Adults, Discourse Analysis, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Literary Criticism, Reader Response, Secondary Education, Teacher Behavior
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801-1096 (Stock No. 27096-3050: $14.95 members, $19.95 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.