Title page for ETD etd-07122007-103929

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Pappas, Eric C.
URN etd-07122007-103929
Title Gender and reading : the gender-related responses of four college students to characters and relationships in six short stories
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Curriculum and Instruction
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Small, Robert C. Jr. Committee Chair
  • Sex differences (Psychology) in literature.
  • Psychology of.
  • Reading
  • Reader-response criticism.
Date of Defense 1990-01-01
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This reader-response study focuses on the influences that four readers relationships with families and friends have on their responses to several literary characters and the relationships among these characters as presented in six short stories. Four college students, two men and two women, read and responded to the stories in writing and in interviews with the researcher. The stories depict men and women confronting gender related family or individual crises concerning such topics as independence, autonomy, and the nature of the marriage commitment and male/female relationships.

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