Literature in Its Place

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Literature in its Place is an intriguing title. While first glance suggests that the author has found a place for literature, or even that he has somehow put it in its place, the reader finds that he really has spent a lifetime making a place for it at the center of his life and is now inviting us to go and do likewise. For James Britton, literature's place in not what curriculum guides or canon-lovers limit it to, but rather what the fruitful imaginations of all language users, young or old, use it for to tell ...

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Overview

Literature in its Place is an intriguing title. While first glance suggests that the author has found a place for literature, or even that he has somehow put it in its place, the reader finds that he really has spent a lifetime making a place for it at the center of his life and is now inviting us to go and do likewise. For James Britton, literature's place in not what curriculum guides or canon-lovers limit it to, but rather what the fruitful imaginations of all language users, young or old, use it for to tell their stories to themselves or others.

In a sense, the book is the authors's gift to himself, a memoir that distills a long and rich life of reading, writing , and professing literature, and extended story of what that lifetime has told him about encouragement and stimulation.

It's also a gift to the thousands of English teachers throughout the English-speaking world who have themselves been nurtured for the last half century by James Britton's insight into language and learning. He has been the profession's confessor and conscience and it definer of literature's central place in life, both in school and out.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780867093155
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 5/17/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.85 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.27 (d)

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James Britton is Emeritus Professor of Education, University of London. He is the author of Language and Learning (Penguin), and a selection of his essays, Prospect and Retrospect (Boynton/Cook), was published in 1982. He has also published several books for children.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Anatomy of Human Experience: The Role of Inner Speech

A Note on Make-Believe and Mummery

Heads or Tales

Learning by Numbers

Poetic Discourse: Can you hear What I Mean?

Imagined Lives.

Literature in Its Place.

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