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Why does critical literacy often feel uncomfortable with aesthetic texts like poetry? In this provocative book, Ray Misson and Wendy Morgan, proponents of critical literacy in their home country of Australia, develop an understanding of the aesthetic in current poststructuralist terms and the role that the aesthetic might play in a critical literacy classroom.
Throughout the book, their belief remains strong that "poststructuralism provides the best framework we have for understanding texts and their relationship to human society and identity." To demonstrate how the conjunction of critical literacy and the aesthetic can transform English classrooms, the authors draw examples from various genres, media, and countries, including poetry by Donne, Shakespeare, Robert Lowell, and Les Murray; _To Kill a Mockingbird_; an episode of _Friends_; and even one chapter using only the example of _Huckleberry Finn_.
The authors reconfigure critical literacy so that it can give proper consideration to the aesthetic, which involves paying attention to such things as individual identity, human emotion, creativity, and the value and productivity of texts. Acknowledging these things within critical literacy is vital. As Misson and Morgan emphasize, "it is one of the greatest pleasures and responsibilities of being an English teacher that we work, critically and creatively, with the aesthetic and its rich sense of human possibility."
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Book Description National Council of Teachers of English, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0814149510
Book Description Natl Council of Teachers, 2006. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 259 pages. 8.75x6.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 0814149510
Book Description National Council of Teachers o, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110814149510