A Framework to Map Approaches to Interpretation

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In this paper, an over-arching framework is presented and discussed which enables the mapping of the approaches to the interpretation of creative acts or artefacts for the purposes of analysing the underlying referential frameworks which inform assessment. Informed by literary and aesthetic theory, the framework’s horizontal axis relates to what might broadly be termed the sources or locus of meaning (that is, the author, the text, and the reader), and its vertical axis refers to broad approaches to how the problem of meaning is negotiated, whether representation or signification (differentiated in the framework as ‘eucharistic’, ‘objective’ and ‘operative’ criticism). The framework was initially constructed to analyse the embedded and often tacit interpretative approaches underpinning assessment practices in the creative arts in higher education, particularly in fine art studio practice, and as such the discussion of the methodological value of the framework is situated within this context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-110
Number of pages20
JournalThe Journal of Aesthetic Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2017


  • Intentionalism
  • Art education
  • aesthetics
  • formalist art
  • textual criticism
  • intentionality
  • modern art
  • authorship
  • art objects
  • higher education
  • assessment

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