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For a better understanding of the ways in which classrooms can be influenced by current developments in literary and cultural theory, Corcoran, Hayhoe, and Pradl have gathered an international collection of essays.

Knowledge in the Making provides a variety of ideas on how teachers of literature at all levels, working with both the young and the mature, can bring readers and texts closer together in their classrooms. Drawing upon the continuing critical advances of reader-response and resistance theory, the teachers who have contributed essays to this volume show ways to encourage students to become secure and active readers. Strategies are offered to help students question what they find as they read, and then question what it is about themselves as individuals and members of communities that contributes to their responses.

Teachers will find a lively mix of theory and practice that will revitalize their own encounters in the literature classroom. The three editors use their experiences working with literature teachers to organize the chapters under five themes that address central issues in the teaching of literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867093261
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 11/10/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Corcoran is head of the School of Language and Literacy Education at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. He has taught in secondary schools throughout Australia and Canada. For over five years he has been editor of English in Australia, the national journal of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English.

Michael Hayhoe is senior fellow in the School of Education at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. He has published numerous books and articles, and conducted lectures and workshops internationally on a wide range of aspects of teaching English, especially those to do with encouraging active approaches to literature. He was a member of the International Poetry Response Project.

Gordon M. Pradl, a professor of English education at New York University, has taught junior and senior high school and served on the editorial board of the Harvard Educational Review.

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Table of Contents

The Private and Social Faces of Reading

Balancing Reader Response and Cultural Theory and Practice, Bill Corcoran

Alone but Not Alone: Situating Readers in School Contexts, Mark A. Faust

Entering the Discourse: Learning the Languages of Literature, Ruth Vinz

The Cultural Framing of Readers and Reading

Beyond Comprehension: Poststructuralist Readings in the English Classroom, Annette Patterson, Bronwyn Mellor, & Marnie O'Neill

Every Newsstand Has Them: Teaching Popular Teenage Magazines, Ray Misson

Unfixing Meaning: Challenges of Poststructuralist Theory for Classroom Literary, Alison Lee

Reading as Intertextual Event

Read It Once, Read It Twice, Robert Protherough

Shakespeare, Branagh, and Popular Culture, Michael Williams

Thinking Through Our Book Conversations with Children, Jenifer Smith

Misreading Movies, Joseph Harris

Teachers Reading, Writing, and Responding Together: A Story, Darlene Forrest

Reading and Re-Reading: Writing and Re Writing

Works of Literature or the Play of Texts? Unconventional Writing in the Secondary Classroom, Wendy Morgan

Plucked from the Labyrinth: Intention, Interpretation, and Interactive Narratives, J. Yellowlees Douglas

Unraveling the Romance: Strategies for Understanding Textual Ideology, Judith Parker

Chancing It a Bit: Developing Response to Metaphor, Peter Daw

The Unutterable Response: Reading for Literary Meaning, Peter Hunt

Teaching Literature and Classroom Politics

Imagining Literature at the Point of Utterance, Gordon M. Pradl

Stories of Reading, Elaine Millard

Deconstructing Classroom Frames, Brenton Doeke & Ian Reid

Rosenblatt and the Ethics of Reading, Nancy Mellin McCracken

Scenes from the Reading Workshop, John Rouse

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