Literature for Democracy: Reading as a Social Act

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Overview

How does this definition of democracy fit into the study of literature? Viewing reading as a social rather than an individual act--as a way of sharing and testing our responses and interpretations--offers one way of encouraging democratic encounters in the classroom.
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Pradl (English education, New York U.) reflects on relations of authority in the literature classroom and on his own development as a teacher and offers techniques for encouraging democratic encounters in the classroom. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867093803
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/18/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Desiring Democracy

Surviving in the Hall of Mirrors

Challenging Authority in the Classroom

Students Speaking Up for Themselves

Rethinking Our Privilege and Status

Listening to Ourselves

The World from Another Perspective

The Teacher as Listener

Literature and Exploration

The Impasse of Reader Response

Entering the Dance of Conversation

Conversational Responses to Poems

Conversing About Literature Without a Teacher

A Democracy of Readers and Readings

Invitations and Possibilities

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