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Toward a contact pragmatics of literature: Habitus, text, and the advanced second-language classroom

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Title:Toward a contact pragmatics of literature: Habitus, text, and the advanced second-language classroom
Authors:Gramling, David
Warner, Chantelle
Date Issued:01 Jan 2010
Publisher:Heinle Cengage Learning
Citation:Gramling, D., Warner, C. (2010). Toward a contact pragmatics of literature: Habitus, text, and the advanced second-language classroom. The American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Languages Programs (AAUSC), 57-75. http://hdl.handle.net/102015/69681
Abstract:Drawing on field/practice theory and pragmatic stylistics, this chapter proposes a new
aggregate model for upper-level second-language literature teaching called “contact pragmatics.”
While fostering a native-like reading context, teachers can simultaneously encourage
students to recognize literature as a form of social practice articulating to various,
loosely concentric fields of interpretation: from the native “ratified” reader to the “unintended”
second-language reader position. Contact pragmatics shifts pedagogical focus to
the interstices, overlaps, misalignments, and disjunctions between these concentric fields,
acknowledging that at their center lies a linguistic utterance designed to operate within
certain fields of opposition and exchange. Contact pragmatics thus expands the scope of
pedagogical inquiry from the historical, national, and cultural resonance of a given text
to its social embeddedness in a shifting landscape of linguistic markets. The chapter offers
concrete, classroom-based examples of the pedagogical dilemmas and experiences that gave
rise to this concept as well as suggestions for how to incorporate it in curricular design.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/69681
Volume:2010
Appears in Collections: 2010 CRITICAL AND INTERCULTURAL THEORY AND LANGUAGE PEDAGOGY


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