ERIC Number: ED454511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Conditions of Reception: The Strange Case of "Mons, Anzac, and Kut."
Hunt, Russell A.
This paper discusses an Owen Wister poem published in 1920 in "The Atlantic Monthly" and brought to the attention of a university class without any information as to its context or its references, and read in various ways by various individuals, as information about the poem's context was gradually discovered. The central issue explored in the paper is the role of that information and the way in which it either is, or is not, relevant to different readers depending on their own enculturation into the society of readers of poetry. The paper first provides the context of the poem's discovery--in a class which is an interdisciplinary introduction to university study and to the culture of academia and scholarship--and tells the story of the poem's discovery by a student who was browsing through back issues of "The Atlantic Monthly" and who probably did not realize that it was not a new poem. As part of the class, students wrote "reflections" on their readings in reading logs meant for anyone in the class to read. The paper describes two class seminars in which the poem and its context were discussed. (NKA)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Group Discussion, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Poetry, Reader Response, Reader Text Relationship
For full text: http://www.stthomasu.ca/~hunt/anzac.htm.
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