Active Reading

Active Reading

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The subject of this book is the crossover between critical study and creative writing. 'Active reading' is a structured process of writing activities using imitation, variation and experimentation. Through practical composition techniques such as 'transformational writing', 're-writing' or 'translation', students can use writing activities to develop their critical imagination. This book bridges the gap between theories of learning and Literary studies in Higher Education. Setting the argument in an historical and theoretical context, it outlines the importance of writing as a medium of learning and argues for its usefulness in aiding English students' understanding of theoretical as well as literary and cultural texts. The authors provide a reflective account of teaching and assessment methods using writing activities and critical thinking techniques and the forms of learning they promote. In the last section, they explore the connections with other forms of writing practice in related disciplines and argue for the role of transformational writing in promoting independent learning.
Appendices provide examples of the range of activities that can be used and an indicative list of literary examples.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 210 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12mm | 473g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0826487009
  • 9780826487001
  • 1,745,855

Table of contents

Preface; PART I: Pedagogic Context; 1. Contexts; 2. History and theory of a practice; 3. From influence to intertextuality: literary production as remaking; 4. Writing and literary criticism; PART II: Teaching, Learning and Assessment; 5. Introductions, starters; 6. Developing the group; 7. As the work matures; 8. Assessment; PART III: Beyond the Classroom; 9. Creative and transformative writing in psychotherapy, counselling and CPD; 10. Towards the autonomous learner; Annotated bibliography; Appendices:; Examples of activities; Notes on choosing texts and anthologies; Indicative list of literary examples; Index.
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"Rosie Garner of Lapidus declares that this well-produced book is 'a terrific addition to any English deparment' and reveals that 'it describes a practical rather than a theoretical route to understanding English literature': but it is no 'addition' at all precisely because its terms of reference are so very 'theoretical'and 'professionalized' . No less respected an authority than Adrian Barlow adds that this book will be 'valuable...not only to student teachers and NQTs but also to those teaching in HE"
The Use of English --Sanford Lakoff
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About C. Ben Knights

Professor Ben Knights is Director of the English Subject Centre (part of the Higher Education Academy) and is a National Teaching Fellow at the University of Teesside, UK.
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