Does the Experience of Teaching Influence the Perception of the Literary Text? The Case of the Teaching Students

By Marius-Mircea Crişan.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In my opinion, many perspectives of the study of the interaction between the reader and the text can be taken into account in the analysis of the didactic approach of the literary text. The empirical approach on literary reception promoted by researchers from Canada and the previous theoretical directions of reader-response criticism (Stanley Fish, Norman Holland, David Bleich) and those of the aesthetics of reception (Hans Robert Jauss, Wolfgang Iser) can be useful tools in new developments in the didactics of teaching literature.

In this paper I intend to discuss the interrelationship between the reader and the literary text, referring to the way in which the students’ and the pupils’ visions on the same literary text interact. The students who prepare their activity of teaching approach the literary text by a double perspective, combining theoretical and historical aspects with their subjective vision. I shall analyse the way in which the student’s perception of the literary text is influenced by his experience of teaching the literary work to a class of pupils.

Keywords: Teaching, Reader-response Criticism, Empirical Research, Didactics, Literature

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 12, pp.45-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 764.089KB).

Marius-Mircea Crişan

Senior Lecturer, Teacher Training Department, West University of Timişoara, Timisoara, Timis, Romania

Dr. Marius Mircea Crişan is interested in literary theory and didactics and in imagology. He has published several articles on reception theory, hypertext and imagology (the image of Romania in British and American literatures, the Dracula Myth and Bram Stoker’s construction of Transylvania). A complete list of his published work (with links to several articles) is available at www.themythoftransylvania.ro. He obtained his PhD title in January 2008, with a thesis entitled: “Imagining Transylvania: The Construction of a Mythical Space from Stoker’s Predecessors” to Dracula. He is co-author of several volumes: the most recent one is “An Imagological Dictionary of the Cities in Romania Represented in British Travel Literature”, Mentor, Târgu Mureş, 2012 (he wrote about the representations of 18 Romanian cities in British travel literature). At present he is the director of the research grant The Impact of a Myth: Dracula and the Image of Romania in British and American Literatures.

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