The Double Perspective: Language, Literacy, and Social Relations

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Examining the relationship between language and literacy and the societal experiences that help shape it, this political and polemical book builds on the author's previous work in reader-response criticism and challenges the now dominant assumption that language is an individual transaction independent of any social context. Moving through a series of interrelated essays, David Bleich explores topics including the social psychology of men, which he maintains exerts undue influence on everyone's education; conceptions of knowledge now offered by feminist epistemologists; social conceptions of language and knowledge found in the work of G.H. Mead, L.S. Vygotsky, Ludwik Fleck, and Mikhail Bakhtin; the influence of gender on language use; the views of current thinkers on the social character of the classroom and academic communities; and the process of individual language development.

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David Bleich, Professor of English, Indiana University.

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"I know of no writer who has thought through as searchingly as David Bleich the ramifications for teaching of the social and collective nature of language. The audience for The Double Perspective should be wide, dealing as the book does with problems of literacy of interest to English teachers
everywhere and usefully synthesizing research from fields which often ignore one another."--Gerald Graff, Northwestern University

"David Bleich, one of the most innovative teachers now working in higher education, has established himself as a leading theorist of the psychology of reading with his earlier books...His new book builds ont hat earlier work and seeks to broaden its applicabilit and significance....These
chapters will force me to ponder for many hours to come the important issues they raise."--Journal of English and Germanic Philology

"A powerful and topical defence of humanities teaching as something profoundly serious, in the sense that it is essential practice in being human....[The book] is an important contribution to an area about which we know little: the phenomenology of reading."--Times Higher Education
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