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Language of Interpretation, The: Patterns of Discourse in Discussions of Literature

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Author(s): Peter Smagorinsky, Michael W. Smith, James D. Marshall

Drawing on interviews and on the actual language that readers use to interpret and respond to literary texts, the researchers examine the conventions that shape talk about literature in large groups, small groups, and adult book clubs.

Level(s): Secondary, Middle, College

ISBN/ISSN: 0-8141-2709-6

Stock No.: 27096

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Drawing on interviews and on the actual language that readers use to interpret and respond to literary texts, the researchers examine the conventions that shape talk about literature in large groups, small groups, and adult book clubs. The authors raise challenging questions about the usual ways of talking and thinking about literature and suggest some promising alternatives based on new theories of literary understanding.
NCTE Research Report No. 27. 158 pp. 1994. Grades 7–College. ISBN 0-8141-2709-6.
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