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ERIC Number: ED422289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-13
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Emotions and Literature in Educational Writing.
Lensmire, Timothy J.
This paper examines why the author uses fiction in educational writing, examining what sort of education of the emotions he is trying to provide for the readers and how the use of fiction figures in this attempt. The paper focuses on two of his recent journal articles, a writing journal, and various responses to and criticisms of the articles before and after publication. The first article, "Rewriting Student Voice," examines alternative conceptions of student voice, relying on a short vignette from Joyce Carol Oates'"Because it is Bitter, and Because it is My Heart." The second article, "The Teacher as Dostoevskian Novelist," uses Kurt Vonnegut's novel, "Breakfast of Champions" to examine the role of teacher and the teacher's relations with students in progressive approaches to literacy education. The author used fiction in recent writing in four ways (as an example, to provide structure, to mobilize strong emotional responses, and to transgress norms of content and form). He examines three questions raised by the study: (1) How effective was the use of fiction for topics and purposes pursued in his writing?; (2) Did the use of fiction make it harder to get the writing published?; and (3) Is the use of fiction a bad faith attempt to manipulate readers? (Contains 22 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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