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ENGL 111 ATTENTIVE READING (qualitative literary analysis) We want to pay attention to any “ instructions for reading ” the text provides (S&M 236) THINKING ABOUT AUDIENCE All texts (all language) addressed : they are designed for someone/something (specific person OR type of person) Audience key aspect of genre o Text’s imagined audience shapes what the text is meant to do in the world & how ADDRESSEE (one specific imagined audience) Addressee : the real or imagined reader(s) the narrator addresses (S&W 88-89) o E.g. children or friends or God or “a category of people” (89) Always a “dear …” when speaking Can have multiple addressees in a text (even simultaneously) Paying attention to who the addressee is/are “allows us to observe subtle shifts in narrative intent ” and consider “this kind of reader the text asks us to be
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