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ERIC Number: ED403565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Dialogic Bonds and Boundaries.
Khawaja, Mabel
A study of literature cannot be divorced from cultural contexts, nor can it ignore the humanist vision in interpreting literary texts. To discover dialogic bonds and boundaries between the reader and the text, or the writer and the audience, English classes should have two objectives: (1) to explore the diversity of perspectives, and (2) to relate readings to personal life and current events. Hermeneutics and reception theory are helpful in pursuing these objectives. To maintain a balanced rhetorical stance, both the logical and the emotional content of the text should be concerns of the audience. The ethical questions provide a system of checks and balances in relation to contextualized issues--whether political, social, economic, or cultural. To analyze Robert Frost's poem"Design" in class, the relationships of the rhetorical elements are examined. Logos, Pathos, and Ethos remain the fundamental elements of rhetoric that determine the subject matter, although the diversity of the audience and the pluralism of the American population complicates the question of balance. Dialogics of bonds and boundaries encourage students to avoid hasty generalizations, false dilemmas, and post hoc fallacies in the interpretation process. It is the personal and cultural background of an informed reader or writer that determines the bonds and boundaries of meaningful dialogics. (Contains 14 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A