The Same but Different: Making Meaning from Modified Texts with Cross-cultural Themes

Cynthia B. Leung, Susan V. Bennett, AnnMarie Alberton Gunn

Abstract


Reader response theory provides the framework for the present study that explored literary elements and cultural responses of fifth-grade students to two modified versions of a cross-cultural text, Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz. One group of students read the first chapter of the book and another group read a modified basal reader version that had deleted cultural information. Group discussions of the texts were videotaped and transcribed. Through constant comparative analysis of field notes and transcripts, two themes emerged: (a) personal interest and connections to stories and (b) cultural implications and misinterpretations.


Keywords


modified texts, reader response, text adaptations, cultural misunderstandings, cross-cultural texts

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18251/ijme.v19i2.1277

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