Changing practices

Patterson, Annette J., Mellor, Bronwyn, & O'Neill, Marnie (1991) Changing practices. English in Education, 25(2), pp. 62-70.

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The paper suggests new approaches to the teaching of literature by introducing poststructuralist concepts that challenge traditional reader response approaches to engaging with texts. It compares the responses of two groups of student readers, a graduate class preparing to become teachers of English and a secondary English class, and concludes that readers produce readings not only from the words on the page but from a range of cultural and historical positions already available to them. The paper explores concepts such as textual ‘gaps and silences’ and ‘intertextuality’ through examples of activities that have been designed for use with students of English and literature.

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ID Code: 53688
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: English teaching, Literature education, Reader response theory, Literary theory, Postructuralism
DOI: 10.1111/j.1754-8845.1991.tb00109.x
ISSN: 0425-0494
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 1991 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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Deposited On: 17 Sep 2012 22:55
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2012 02:35

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