Sidney Sponer
Reading Responsibility and Resistance: A Qualitative Study of B.C. Women
Mentor: Dr. Ahalya Satkunaratnam
How do we construct literary canon? In my paper, I apply Derridean
philosophy to Canadian-based qualitative research on reading. Backed up by critical
theory, feminist methodology, cultural studies, and 12 interviews I conducted in May
2019, I argue that reading is an important site for both building responsibility to your
community and for resisting oppressive structures. Our understanding of literature must
move beyond basic literacy towards a more comprehensive idea of why and how we read.
Then, we might begin to see reading as a truly social process, rather than one done in
isolation and silence.
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