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

ISBN 9781138227217
Published September 5, 2017 by Routledge
264 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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.