TITLE

GADAMER'S PHILOSOPHICAL HERMENEUTICS: THE VANTAGE POINTS AND THE HORIZONS IN READERS' RESPONSES TO AN AMERICAN LITERATURE TEXT

AUTHOR(S)
Rees, Dilys Karen
PUB. DATE
April 2003
SOURCE
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal;2003, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents how Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics can be used to analyze readers' responses to an American literature text. The readers are Brazilian students at the university level reading a text by the American author, Amy Tan. The concepts of prejudice, vantage point, horizon, and fusion of horizons are used in the discussion. The students' readings are presented as emerging and shifting and as resulting from their cultural horizons. Elements of Brazilian culture are discussed to aid in understanding the students' responses. The intellectual work of the second language (L2) literature classroom is presented as being one that fosters a hermeneutical conversation in which the "I" experiences the other as the "Thou" of the dialogue.
ACCESSION #
32572561

 

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