ERIC Number: ED439408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-28
The Problematic of Experience: What Goes without Saying and Shouldn't among Researchers and Teachers Seeking To Define Literary Reading as an Ethical Practice.
The idea of experience needs to be examined before the experiential aspect of literary reading can be understood, and before literary reading as an ethical practice can properly be defined. Open-mindedness is necessary when fostering student interpretations of a literary text, just as it is necessary for accepting the varying life experiences of others. The paper continues with a brief history of the concept of experience, concluding with an application of the experience concept to literary reading and suggesting possible uses of the term "text" which do not rely on a dualistic concept of experience, such as framing the idea of a text not as a representation of meaning but as a specialized language application for transforming an experience. (Contains 11 references.) (EF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).