ERIC Number: ED454509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
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The State of the Art in Empirical Studies of Literature: The Emergence of an International and Interdisciplinary Scholarly/Scientific "Field": A Progress Report.
Hunt, Russell A.; Hejl, Peter
This paper describes the present "state of the art" of the field of "empirical studies of literature" and explains how this state has come about, given the interdisciplinary and international character of the groups involved. This entails looking at the relationships among, for example, the disciplinary and national influences on the nature of the work done in the community and on the relations between its members. The field can be described as an emerging discourse community (a social system with a "synreferential domain")--that is, researchers in the field share a set of assumptions about what the "subject matter" of the field is, what questions are important to ask about it, and what answers to those questions are valuable. The paper outlines how researchers propose to do this research and suggests some hypotheses. (NKA)
Descriptors: Discourse Communities, Intellectual Disciplines, Interdisciplinary Approach, International Studies, Literature, Scholarship
For full text: http://www.stthomasu.ca/~hunt/igel96.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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