What do we mean when we talk about reading? What does it mean to "teach reading?" What place does reading have in the college writing classroom?
Intertexts: Reading Pedagogy in College Writing Classrooms theoretically and practically situates the teaching of reading as a common pedagogical practice in the college writing classroom. As a whole, the book argues for rethinking the separation of reading and writing within the first-year writing classroom--for an expanded notion of reading that is based on finding and creating meaning from a variety of symbolic forms, not just print-based texts but also other forms, such as Web sites and visual images. The chapter authors represent a range of cultural, personal, and rhetorical perspectives, including cultural studies, classical rhetoric, visual rhetoric, electronic literacy, reader response theory, creative writing, and critical theories of literature and literary criticism. This volume, an important contribution to composition studies, is essential reading for researchers, instructors, writing program administrators, and students involved in college writing instruction and literature.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface. Part I: Culture. M. Helmers, Representing Reading: An Introduction to the Difficulties of Discipline. K. McCormick, Closer Than Close Reading: Historical Analysis, Cultural Analysis, and Symptomatic Reading in the Undergraduate Classroom. L. Rand, Reading as a Site of Spiritual Struggle. Part II: Theory. N.L. Christiansen, The Master Double Frame and Other Lessons From Classical Education. P. Harkin, J.J. Sosnoski, Whatever Happened to Reader-Response Criticism? C.A. Hill, Reading the Visual in College Writing Classes. Part III: Classroom. M. Cornis-Pope, A. Woodlief, The Rereading/Rewriting Process: Theory and Collaborative, Online Pedagogy. M.A. Cain, G. Kalamaras, (Re)Reading and Writing Genres of Discourse: Creative Writing as General Education. M.R. Salvatori, Reading Matters for Writing. D. Bauer, Afterword.
"^Intertexts^ is a compilation of well-crafted and provocative individual pieces that successfully address Helmers's initial question, "What place does reading have in the college writing classroom?" Several overarching themes shine through: the need to expand the boundaries of what counts as reading, the need to utilize new genres and of reading, and the need to recognize the impacts of culture and personal experience on our reading of texts and the world."
—Journal of Literacy Reseach