International Perspectives on the Teaching of Literature in Schools
Global Principles and Practices
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
Part One: Ways of Seeing, Ways of Teaching
- The Literature Teacher as Restless Cartographer
- The Dress of Thought
- Exploring and Analyzing Literature Through Multimodal Composition
- London in Space and Time
- Beyond the Personal and the Individual
- Assessing Response to Literature and the SOLO Taxonomy
- Dialoguing Identities and Transnationalising the Space of the Australian Literature Classroom
- Early Career English Teachers’ Perspectives on Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools
- Rethinking Literature ‘Instruction’
- ‘Whose English is this, Anyway?’ Mother Tongues and Literatures of the Borderlands
- In Praise of Slow Learning in Literary Studies
- Poetry Teaching in Malta
- The Social Construction of Meaning
- Teaching and Learning from William Blake through the Lens of Critical Literacy
- English Literature and Discursive Changes in Iran after the Islamic Revolution 1979
- Reasons for Reading
- The Teacher’s Conundrum
- Devolving English Literature in Schools
- Creating Readers
- The National Curriculum for English in England, Examined through a Darwinian Lens
Suzanne Choo and Ruth Vinz
Debra Myhill and Annabel Watson
Blaine E. Smith
Amanda Haertling Thein
Cal Durrant and David Baxter
Part Two: Readers, Texts, and Contexts
Monika Wagner and Mary Purcell
Don Carter and Jacqueline Manuel
Rodrigo Joseph Rodríguez
Part Three: Rationales for Teaching Literature
Gabrielle Cliff Hodges
Melanie Shoffner and Marshall A. George
David Taylor and Aaron Wilson
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.