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>  . . . but i wonder if anyone out
> there has come up with some helpful suggestion, some rule of thumb,
> that is useful in dealing with this question in the classroom, especially
> in classes where the last thing we want to do in begin a frontal
> attack on the hermeneutic circle or the intentional fallacy . . .
>
> all thoughts most welcome . . .  . . . . .

Umberto Eco has done some wonderful pieces on the importance of reading in context,
perhaps most notably, "Overinterpreting Texts."  Other specific titles escape me,
but I think Eco's thoughts are a good start.

Ed Owens

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