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ERIC Number: EJ1161090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
Reading between the Lines of Reader Response: Constructing "The Other" through the Aesthetic Stance
Schieble, Melissa B.
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v17 n4 p375-384 2010
In this article, the author challenges English teachers of literature to examine applications of reader response theory in teaching reading which posit that readers approach a text from two stances: "aesthetic" (emotional) or "efferent" (literal). The essay presents a case study of pre-service English teachers and adolescents' web-based discussions about a work of young adult fiction based on a transgendered character. The study highlights how the pre-service teachers' framing of questions about the book provoked the adolescents to adopt an aesthetic stance with the text that effectively "othered" transgenderism, leaving potential opportunities for critical reflection and analysis of gender and sexuality unexamined.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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