I can well imagine some readers of this blog accusing me of over-privileging the emotional and sensory world of the reader and forgetting that a reader may well have a powerful intellect.

If I have done this I have to take some blame. In my defence, though, let me say that it is hard to live in a world like the EFL one that thinks mainly in terms of cognitive skills and behaviours and largely ignores the affective and the sensory side of life.

I can certainly be accused of over generalising in the texts I have written in this blog. It is clear that a student with a highly developed logical-mathematical intelligence will handle text internally in a pretty cognitive way. This, however, will not stop them from adding the colouring of their previous ideas on the topic to their reception of the text.It is also probable that a very spatially intelligent reader will will tend towards a visual inner representation of the text. I remember a text on the car industry with a bar graph and one student elaborated the graph as a tune in his head! I was gob-smacked! I have to admit I thought he was taking his musical intelligence to extremes but this tells you more about the narrowness of my imagination than anything else. Surprises like this are normal in student centred teaching.

There may  be blog readers who feel that I think of reading and listening as part of an exploration of the reader's inner self rather than an exploration by the readers or listeners of the incoming text. I think that the two are inextricably linked and that all text exploration is inevitably exploration of self. I fully agree with the tenets of DUET university literature teachers' movement ( UK.)   They say that to get a degree in English Literature a student should do the following things:  learn to actualise literary text through dramatisation

                                   be involved in a self-discovery process through group therapy sessions

                                   do creative writing themselves

This is a very different approach to the reading of literature from the normal " literary criticism" approach with its stress on the cognitve and the analytical. DUET's request to the university student of English Literature is know theyself in order to know the text.

I am writing to you from my office at home and have maybe become too discursive today!!!

 Warmly yours,    Mario

 

                                            

                                            

                           

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