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How to Teach Reading

Christopher Hilliard

in English as a Vocation

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695171
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949946 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695171.003.0002
How to Teach Reading

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The first chapter provides an interpretation of Scrutiny's literary criticism: it introduces the ideas, styles, narratives, and analytical procedures whose appropriation and extension is the main theme of the book. The chapter takes Leavis's college entrance examination papers as a way into understanding the sorts of criticism he sought to teach. His teaching materials and his published manifestoes marked out a critical discipline whose concern with the texture and operations of language at once focused on the text and claimed a wider cultural remit. This approach drew on the insights of I. A. Richards and T. S. Eliot, but developed them into a pedagogy. For Leavis the practice of criticism was inseparable from the pedagogy of criticism.

Keywords: Leavis; Frank Raymond; Scrutiny; literary magazines; Cambridge University; Richard Hoggart; Richard; Raymond Williams; Englishness; Francis Mulhern; Terry Eagleton

Chapter.  12862 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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