The Reading lesson

Patterson, Annette J. & Mellor, Bronwyn (1994) The Reading lesson. Interpretations, 27(3), pp. 20-47.

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Drawing on the work of Ian Hunter the authors argue that literary education continues a tradition of circularity of argument derived from the humanities. They propose that the school subject, English in all of its apparently different historical manifestations focuses on the ideals of self-discovery and freedom of expression through literary study. The idea that literary interpretation or the production of specific readings is a skill that is taught in English classrooms challenges traditional understandings of literary study as a means for uncovering or revealing that which is hidden – be it the secrets of the text (or society or culture) or the secrets of the self – in order to come to a fuller realisation of culture and the self. Using examples from their previous work in developing activities for use with students in English classrooms the authors explore what it means to produce one’s ‘own reading’ of a text.

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ID Code: 53687
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: English Teaching, Literary Study, Poststructuralism , Cultural Studies, Critical Literacy
ISSN: 1384-6647
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1994 John Benjamins Publishing Co.
Deposited On: 17 Sep 2012 23:05
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 20:52

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