Title page for ETD etd-09162005-115018

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Baker, John C. Jr.
URN etd-09162005-115018
Title An ethnographic study of cultural influences on the responses of college freshmen to contemporary Appalachian short stories
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Curriculum and Instruction
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Small, Robert C. Jr. Committee Chair
Eisenhart, Margaret A. Committee Member
Hunt, Thomas C. Committee Member
Kelly, Patricia Proudfoot Committee Member
Self, Warren P. Committee Member
Speer, Jean H. Committee Member
  • cultural biases
Date of Defense 1990-05-12
Availability restricted
Previous research on the role that culture plays in reader response to literature generally has not been based on clear operational definitions of the term "culture." More often than not, researchers appear to be using the term synonymously with the reader's race, nationality, or social class, rather than including specific anthropological explanations. Moreover, there has been no research reported that isolates and then studies individual readers' cultural backgrounds as influences on their responses to American regional literature; and, while there have been some studies reported that use ethnographic methodology to examine how cultural context or setting affects response, there has been no reported ethnographic research that focuses on the influences of readers' cultural backgrounds and the cultures depicted in texts.
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