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Persson, M. (2015). Reading around the text: On the diversity of reading practices in the new popular literary culture. Contribution to a special issue Paradoxes and Negotiations in Scandinavian L1 Research in Languages, Literatures and Literacies, edited by Ellen Krogh and Sylvi Penne. L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature, 15 , p. 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.17239/L1ESLL-2015.15.01.11

This article argues for an increased focus within literature didactics on the wide range of reading practices 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. This open, somewhat tentative line of inquiry is thus as follows: What does it mean to read around the text (a concept borrowed 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. Exploring the diversity of reading practices entails several methods: investigating reading practices available outside the educational system; viewing individual reading practices as a multitude of complex entities of which text interpretation is only one; and increasing the intersectional perspective on reading.


Authors Persson, M.
Publication date 2015-09-03
DOI 10.17239/L1ESLL-2015.15.01.11
Collection Vol. 15, Languages, literatures and literacies: researching paradoxes and negotiations in Scandinavian L1 subjects
critical reading
literary didactics
passionate reading
reading around the text
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