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Reading Graphic Novels in School: texts, contexts and the interpretive work of critical reading

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Citation
Sabeti S (2012) Reading Graphic Novels in School: texts, contexts and the interpretive work of critical reading, Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 20 (2), pp. 191-210.

Abstract
This paper uses the example of an extra-curricular Graphic Novel Reading Group in order to explore the institutional critical reading practices that take place in English classrooms in the senior years of secondary school. Drawing on Stanley Fish's theory of interpretive communities, it questions the restrictive interpretive strategies applied to literary texts in curriculum English. By looking closely at the interpretive strategies pupils apply to a different kind of text (graphic novels) in an alternative context (an extra-curricular space) the paper suggests that there may be other ways of engaging with text that pupils find less alienating, more pleasurable and less reminiscent of 'work'.

Keywords
graphic novels; critical reading; interpretive communities; extra-curricular space; secondary English teaching

StatusPublished
AuthorsSabeti Shari
Publication date07/2012
Publication date online29/06/2012
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISSN 1468-1366
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Pedagogy, Culture and Society: Volume 20, Issue 2

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