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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

Editor-in-Chief: Danesi, Marcel

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Volume 2013, Issue 195


Advanced literacy and the place of literary semantics in secondary education: A tool of fictional analysis

Daniel Candel
Published Online: 2013-06-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2013-0031


This article presents a tool of fictional analysis for secondary education that aims at providing standards of interpretation and allaying fears of standard imposition. The semantic core of the tool adapts the deontic, alethic, and axiomatic modalities used in Doležel (1998). Four “extensions” are added to this core – “cultural,” “visual,” “(meta)cognitive,” and “epistemic” – which above all mediate between student experience and pure abstraction, and invite students to think with and about tools and texts rather than blindly apply models. The relationship of the tool with literary theory and the appropriate age for learning such a tool are also discussed.

Keywords: modality; literary semantics; secondary education; thinking tool; thinking skill; literary and cultural analysis

About the article

Daniel Candel

Daniel Candel (b. 1969) is a professor at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares 〈 〉. His research interests include neo-Victorian literature, the representation of nature and epistemic discourses (science, history, religión, and aesthetics) in fiction, and thinking tools for fictional analysis and their application in secondary education and undergraduate studies. His publications include “Transgression and stability in Graham Swift's Waterland” (2001); “Ein Bild hielt uns gefangen: The Da Vinci Code and the Humanae Vitae” (2007); “The pitfalls of dispensing with teleology: Feeling and justice, evil and nature in Graham Swift's The Light of Day (and Waterland)” (2008); and “Why Julian Barnes couldn't possibly miss God” (2011).

Universidad de Alcalá de Henares

Published Online: 2013-06-07

Published in Print: 2013-06-06

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2013, Issue 195, Pages 305–329, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2013-0031.

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