The Experience of Fiction One of the primary reasons for reading fiction is to feel pleasure or pain, to laugh or to cry. Licensed via Creative Commons
The Interpretation of Fiction What is happening in this photo? Licensed via Creative Commons
Four Intellectual Acts of Interpretation Observing Details about time, place; language, etc. Connecting Making connections amongst details Inferring What makes these details significant? Concluding Deciding on a meaning for the story based on this information
What are we observing here? How do those details connect? What can we infer from these details? What is the meaning of this image?
Reading in Context What do we know about the story? Why was it written? When was it written? What do we know about the author? What else do we know about the context of this story?
The Evaluation of Fiction Judgment Was it good? Did we like it? Was it successful in its claims? Values What values does this story endorse or refute? Why? Judgment Values