Reading around the text : on the diversity of reading practices in the new popular literary culture

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Reading around the text : on the diversity of reading practices in the new popular literary culture
Author(s) Persson, Magnus
Date 2015
English abstract
This article argues for an increased focus within literature didactics on the wide range of reading prac- tices available both within and outside the educational system. One way to achieve this is to drastically shift focus, to concentrate not only on the act of reading, reading strategies and reading types, but on reading practices, as multifaceted offerings. What does it mean to read around the text (a concept bor- rowed from Italo Calvino)? This formulation of the question forces us to take seriously the framework of reading and other factors, which tend to be marginalized. These factors can include the location of the reader when reading, the text as a physical object, other people, activities and artefacts which become important in reading practices. Examples discussed include Stockholm Reads, Retro Libraries, Literature in the Mall, and Author Cruises. In conclusion, practices of reading around the text deserve much great- er interest from L 1 didactics research.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.17239/L1ESLL-2015.15.01.11 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher International Association for the Improvement of Mother Tongue Education
Host/Issue L1: Educational Studies in Language and Literature;Special Issue on Scandinavian L1 research
Volume 15
ISSN 1578-6617
Pages 1-18
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) reading around the text
L1 didactics
reading practice
popular literary culture
collective reading
Actor-Network Theory
pedagogy of literature
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19381 (link to this page)

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