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ERIC Number: ED085732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 134
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The Viability of Literary Texts.
Gambone, Kenneth Felix
This study explored whether or not there was an increase in understanding from one literary genre to another, whether or not this growth was apparent from one grade level to another, and whether the growth followed Northrop Frye's suggestion of order: romance, comedy, tragedy, and satire. The high school subjects were asked to read "Merchant of Venice,""Oedipus Rex,""The Knight's Tale," and "Gulliver's Travels, IV." They were then asked to mark their judgments on a five-point literary scale. Data indicated that the most likely order on the secondary level of schooling was tragedy, comedy, romance, and satire. But Frye's statement that there is a specific progression of growth through all four literary genre from grades ten through twelve was supported. Sophomores displayed a narrower range of understanding than did juniors, and juniors indicated less growth than did seniors. Finally, the data indicated the use of the Humanistic Development Scale was an adequate measure to stimulate the responses of subjects. (Author/HOD)
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Note: D.Ed. Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University