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Writing about Literature: A Dialogic Approach


by Richard Beach — 1998

Discussions of writing about literature inevitably raise questions about the ultimate purpose or value of such writing. In this chapter, I argue for the value of a dialogic approach to writing about literature. This dialogic approach goes beyond much of traditional formalistic analysis of character, setting, plot, and theme.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 97, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 6, 1998, p. 229-248
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18741, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 2:07:25 AM

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  • Richard Beach
    University of Minnesota—Twin Cities
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    RICHARD BEACH is Professor of English Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.
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