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ERIC Number: EJ1107663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
Turning Ideologies inside Out: Developing Young Readers' Empathy for Critical Voices in Narrative Fiction
Pereira, Íris Susana Pires; Campos, Ângela
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v21 n4 p359-370 2014
This article is located at the crossroads between two distinctive human traits, empathy and rational thought, with narrative emerging as a particularly powerful means to enable young readers to bring them together. Specifically, we discuss the role that critical literary exegesis plays in the development of empathic consciousness in literary readers. The discussion is conducted through the critical narrative discourse analysis of a short story that is widely read by Portuguese young students. The story deals with what has become a living experience for many students--emigration--and puts opposing social ideologies about this experience in a subtle dialogue. Narratological critical analysis provides an essential tool for readers to turn those ideologies inside out. It enables them to escape the main character's conformist positioning and develop a liberating empathy, and hence a more sensitive perspective about the social reality that the narrator offers for our consideration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal
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