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ERIC Number: EJ863647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0031-3831
Mental Representation of Literary Characters as a Distinct Aspect of Response to Literature
Morra, Sergio; Guobjornsdottir, Guony
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v53 n6 p591-615 Dec 2009
This article investigates mental representations of literary characters and their relations with other aspects of response to literature and age, gender, and expertise. A Saga chapter and the beginning of a contemporary novel were presented to 16 participants from each of three age groups (13 years, 17 years, adults) equally divided by gender and expertise level. After having evaluated the texts with rating scales, participants were interviewed on the main character of each text. The similarity between participants' answers was computed and used for a cluster analysis. Four clusters (representation types) were identified for one character and five for the other. Character representation was affected by age but not by expertise and gender, and was unrelated to other aspects of response to literary text. Explicit ratings of the texts, instead, were affected by expertise. Theoretical and educational implications are discussed. (Contains 7 tables and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iceland