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ERIC Number: EJ907835
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
Desperately Seeking Everett: Some thoughts on Hermeneutic Reading
Solway, David
Academic Questions, v23 n2 p196-211 Jun 2010
One of the major problems from which students suffer has to do with reading: reading with diligence, understanding, and, ideally, with the pleasure that attends discovery. Many students have long been hermeneutical-readers-of-a-sort. The problem has deep roots in a widely diffused media and technocyber environment that thins down and disperses the faculty of attention to complex written texts. The genuine solution to this predicament would involve a massive rethinking and consequent restructuring of a vast set of cultural assumptions about the world and the mind, about the value of reflection and the importance of historical knowledge. But since so profound an undertaking is not "on the books," teachers can only work with effects and symptoms, unsatisfactory as such a belated approach may be. Yet in the current social and cultural milieu there is little alternative. In this article, the author introduces some techniques he has developed for getting students to enter the deeper realms of literary analysis. He discusses the distinction between two "kinds" of reading/(writing): (1) lexical reading; and (2) hermeneutic reading. He shares some thoughts on hermeneutic reading and considers three "components" of which hermeneutic reading consists. (Contains 30 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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