Real Reading: The Influence of Readers’ Cultural Roots

Chesnokova, Anna and Viana, Vander and Zyngier, Sonia and Jandre, Juliana and Rumbesht, Anna and Ribeiro, Fernanda (2016) Real Reading: The Influence of Readers’ Cultural Roots In: The 36th Annual Conference of the International Poetics and Linguistics Association ''In/Authentic Styles: Language, Discourse and Contexts'', 27–30 July 2016, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy.

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New and refreshing waters have been flowing over the shores of reader response theories. In the late 1970s and 1980s, Fish (1980), Iser (1978), Rifaterre (1978) among others had shifted the focus from interpreting the page to looking at the reader, but they tended to remain on the theoretical level. This led Reichl (2009: 129) to ask: “How do theoretical conception of readers, implied or other, fit into the agenda of empirical reading research, which is, after all, concerned with providing data about real readers in real reading situations?” Among recent experimental work, Miall and Kuiken (2002) have started to move in this direction. In this line, our study looks away from ideal readers and examines genuine readers’ emotional reaction to poetry. The aim is to offer evidence-based data that may clarify whether real readers’ response to poetry is universal or culture-specific. To this purpose, 500 Humanities students from two different countries (Brazil and Ukraine) were asked to read Poe’s “The Lake” and report their response to this poem through a questionnaire bearing a 15-item semantic differential scale. Participants read the poem in its original version in English or in its translation into the respondents’ mother tongues (Portuguese, Ukrainian and Russian). The results point to statistically significant differences within and between the groups. The findings indicate that first-hand responses to poetry are to a large degree culture specific, and that the language and the translation in which the text is written also influence responses.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Uncontrolled Keywords: reader response; empirical research; cultural differences; quantitative methods; Poe
Subjects: Це архівна тематика Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Наукові конференції > Міжнародні
Divisions: Це архівні підрозділи Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Кафедра англійської філології
Depositing User: Анна Вадимовна Чеснокова
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2016 11:25
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2016 11:25

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