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ERIC Number: EJ1167426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1358-684X
Making Sense of Close Reading
Duck, Paul
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v25 n1 p14-28 2018
The term "close reading" is problematic for English teachers, yet a heightened awareness of the role that language plays in mediating experience and social relationships is fundamental to an informed and critically engaged citizenry. This essay finds that a focus on abstracted ideological content of literary texts comes at the cost of material, aesthetic considerations of language or "literariness": it is the baby that has been thrown out with the bathwater. The essay argues that a false dichotomy between a literary education as "cultural studies" and the study of "Culture" (with a capital C) has diverted attention from the relationship between words and meaning. It draws on the work of Raymond Williams in contending that a renewed concept of "close reading" should be at the heart of English teachers' professional practice.
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Language: English
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