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ERIC Number: EJ1096630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
The Affects of Not Reading: Hating Characters, Being Bored, Feeling Stupid
Poletti, Anna; Seaboyer, Judith; Kennedy, Rosanne; Barnett, Tully; Douglas, Kate
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v15 n2 p231-247 Apr 2016
This article brings recent debates in literary studies regarding the practice of close reading into conversation with Derek Attridge's idea of "readerly hospitality" (2004) to diagnose the problem of students in undergraduate literary studies programme not completing set reading. We argue that the method of close reading depends on encouraging students to foster positive affective responses towards difficulty--semiotic, emotional and intellectual. Drawing on trials of teaching methods in literary studies' classrooms in four universities in Australia, we suggest that introducing students to the concept of "readerly hospitality"--rather than assuming an appreciation of difficulty--can better prepare students for the encounters they will have in set literary texts and strengthen the effectiveness of classroom teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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