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ERIC Number: EJ1022619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0305-764X
Learning to Read Politically: Narratives of Hope and Narratives of Despair in "Push" by Sapphire
Kokkola, Lydia
Cambridge Journal of Education, v43 n3 p391-405 2013
The ability to shift reading position has long been recognised as a means for politically minded readers--particularly those motivated by Marxist, feminist and/or race-related agendas--to read against the grain and uncover the implicit ideologies in the text. Little research has been conducted on how inexperienced and thus less sophisticated readers learn to make strategic decisions about how they will respond to the reading position offered by the text. Reading against the grain is a highly sophisticated reading practice which cannot be mastered successfully before the reader is able to simultaneously recognise the communicative practices of the author and reject the proffered viewpoint. This paper begins by examining how the novel "Push" by Sapphire (1996) encourages readers to try out more than one reading position, and in doing so enables her readers to gain the prerequisite skills for future political readings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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