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

Daniel Candel

Abstract

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.

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