1st Edition

International Perspectives on the Teaching of Literature in Schools Global Principles and Practices

Edited By Andrew Goodwyn, Cal Durrant, Louann Reid, Lisa Scherff Copyright 2018
    264 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Literature teaching remains central to the teaching of English around the world. This edited text brings together expert global figures under the banner of the International Federation for the Teaching of English (IFTE). The book captures a state-of-the-art snapshot of leading trends in current literature teaching, as well as detailing predicted trends for the future.

    The expert scholar and leading teacher contributors, coming from a wide range of countries with fascinatingly diverse approaches to literature teaching, cover a range of central and fundamental topics:

    • literature and diversity;
    • digital literatures;
    • pedagogy and reader response;
    • mother tongues;
    • the business of reading;
    • publishers, adolescent fiction and censorship;
    • assessing responses to literature;
    • the changing definitions of literature and multimodal texts.

    The collection reviews the consistently important place of literature in the education of young people and provides international evidence of its enduring value and contribution to education, resisting the functionalist and narrowly nationalist perspectives of misguided government authorities.

    International Perspectives on the Teaching of Literature in Schools will be of value to researchers, PhD students, literature scholars, practitioners, teacher educators, teachers and all those in the extensive academic community interested in English and literacy around the world.


    Louann Reid

    Part One: Ways of Seeing, Ways of Teaching

    1. The Literature Teacher as Restless Cartographer
    2. Suzanne Choo and Ruth Vinz

    3. The Dress of Thought
    4. Debra Myhill and Annabel Watson

    5. Exploring and Analyzing Literature Through Multimodal Composition
    6. Blaine E. Smith

    7. London in Space and Time
    8. Andrew Green

    9. Beyond the Personal and the Individual
    10. Amanda Haertling Thein

    11. Assessing Response to Literature and the SOLO Taxonomy
    12. Cal Durrant and David Baxter

      Part Two: Readers, Texts, and Contexts

    13. Dialoguing Identities and Transnationalising the Space of the Australian Literature Classroom
    14. Monika Wagner and Mary Purcell

    15. Early Career English Teachers’ Perspectives on Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools
    16. Don Carter and Jacqueline Manuel

    17. Rethinking Literature ‘Instruction’
    18. Lisa Scherff

    19. ‘Whose English is this, Anyway?’ Mother Tongues and Literatures of the Borderlands
    20. Rodrigo Joseph Rodríguez

    21. In Praise of Slow Learning in Literary Studies
    22. Thomas Day

    23. Poetry Teaching in Malta
    24. Daniel Xerri

    25. The Social Construction of Meaning
    26. John Yandell

    27. Teaching and Learning from William Blake through the Lens of Critical Literacy
    28. David Stevens

    29. English Literature and Discursive Changes in Iran after the Islamic Revolution 1979
    30. Shirin Teifouri

      Part Three: Rationales for Teaching Literature

    31. Reasons for Reading
    32. Gabrielle Cliff Hodges

    33. The Teacher’s Conundrum
    34. Melanie Shoffner and Marshall A. George

    35. Devolving English Literature in Schools
    36. Gary Snapper

    37. Creating Readers
    38. David Taylor and Aaron Wilson

    39. The National Curriculum for English in England, Examined through a Darwinian Lens

    Andrew Goodwyn


    Professor Andrew Goodwyn is President of IFTE and Head of Education at The University of Bedfordshire and Emeritus Professor at the University of Reading, UK.

    Associate Professor Cal Durrant is a Faculty member at Murdoch University, Australia. 

    Professor Louann Reid is Professor of English at Colorado State University, USA.

    Dr Lisa Scherff is a Faculty member at Cypress Lake High School, USA.