A Remark on V.P. Zinchenko's Approach to the Problem of Comprehension of Meaning



The paper emphasizes the importance of V.P. Zinchenko's explorations of the problem of comprehension of meaning and describes his approach to defining different types of comprehension: natural, cultural, and creative. Following the discussion — initiated by Zinchenko — on insufficient explorations of creative (perform- ing) comprehension in psychology, the paper suggests analysing the specificity of L.S. Vygotsky's technique of a reader's critique in his interpretation of Hamlet. At the same time the paper stresses the need for a multilevel approach to text organization and identifies the main issues around which the analysis of Hamlet's meaning is built: 'internal and external', 'second birth', 'psychological automatism', 'prototypical myth', 'pantomime', 'jux- taposition of different planes of plot development'.

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Keywords: meaning, sense, creative comprehension-performance, multilevel text analysis, issues of meaning-making

Journal rubric: Memorable Dates

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Sobkin V.S. A Remark on V.P. Zinchenko's Approach to the Problem of Comprehension of Meaning. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2014. Vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 20–23. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Vladimir S. Sobkin, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, Head of the Center for Sociology of Education, Institute of Education Management, Center for Modern Problems of Modern Education at the Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2339-9080, e-mail: sobkin@mail.ru



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