Acts of Reading cover
Acts of Reading cover

Acts of Reading

Edited by Morag Styles and Evelyn Arizpe

Acts of Reading spans the vast range and depth of what reading means and has meant to children and the adults around them, helping us understand that still mysterious process - the act of reading. 

The texts selected date from the eighteenth century to the digital age and beyond. They are examined through the eyes of their various audiences: the children, writers, teachers and parents, so as to explore the act of reading itself, whether oral, silent or performative, whether for pleasure or instruction. Also considered are the changing representations of childhood over three centuries and the influence of the visual on the acts of reading. 

Beginning with a study of Jane Johnson’s unique eighteenth century nursery library, which reveals how children were taught to read in one particular household, the book traces the progression of ideas about reading and childhood and concludes with chapters showing how expectations and ways of teaching are being modified as a result of the changes in books themselves and their relationship to other media, including multimodality and ways of engaging with readers through digital technologies. 

The contributors include: Eve Bearne, Janet Bottoms, Peter Cook, Valerie Coghlan, Teresa Cremin, Judith Graham, Elizabeth Hammill, Shirley Brice Heath, Anouk Lang, Karlijn Navest, Geraldine O’Connor, Francesca Orestano, Margaret Meek Spencer, Vivienne Smith, Laura Tosi, Victor Watson and David Whitley.
Evelyn Arizpe is Lecturer in Children’s Literature, Faculty of Education, University of Glasgow. 
Morag Styles is Reader in Children’s Literature at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. 

Publisher: Trentham
ISBN-13: 978 185856 438 8
Format: Paperback
Published in 2009

Paperback £20.99
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