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Field Notes and Reading Notes

Studying with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett in the 1990s

Nélia Dias

Spring semester of 1993, students were invited to “keep a portfolio” containing “reading notes, field notes (for required and recommended activities).” Why did this practice of taking notes from the field, from books in particular, and the note

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Suzan Hirsch

This paper reports on case studies spanning four consecutive years (2005-2008) focused on addressing and challenging Australian primary school boys’ disengagement with English, particularly reading, using an action research process informed by both quantitative and qualitative data. Primary participants were all male and ranged from 8 to 11 years of age. Boys were identified and selected for each case study based on the questionnaire and interview results from whole grade surveys of both males and females. The data results identified the boys with negative views of literacy and boys who identified reading as being a feminine activity, thereby narrowing their perceptions of masculinity. These boys were involved in a reading/mentoring program with high profile professional Rugby League players. The celebrity rugby league players were involved in ten weekly mentoring and reading sessions with male participants each year. These sessions focused on building positive male identity, shifting negative attitudes to reading and challenging negative stereotypes of both professional sportsmen and boys as readers. After each of the case studies, quantitative and qualitative data indicated a positive change in the participants’ attitudes towards reading as well as their perceived stereotypes of males as readers and increased involvement in voluntary reading.

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Books Are Boring! Books Are Fun!

Boys’ Polarized Perspectives on Reading

Laura Scholes

Boys’ underachievement in reading, compared to girls, is considered a significant international problem ( Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD] 2014 ). By 15 years of age girls outperform boys on reading in the Program for

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Naughtiest Girls, Go Girls, and Glitterbombs

Exploding Schoolgirl Fictions

Lucinda McKnight

Fictions (1990) and complicate notions of reading the girl. Yet I would not want to stop in a girls’ studies ghetto, and, as in my other work ( McKnight 2015a , 2015b ), seek to use concepts and insights of girls’ studies for broader impact; I intend

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Stiles X. Simmons and Karen M. Feathers

has expanded reading achievement gaps between African American males and their Caucasian, Hispanic, and female counterparts ( Haddix 2010 ; Strickland 1994 ; Tatum 2005 ; Taylor 2005 ). Additionally, literacy researchers contend that these reforms

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Archival Resistance

Reading the New Right

Annika Orich

Right and a genuine desire to fend off populist and right-wing extremist movements. The success of Aspects of the New Right-Wing Extremism is a denunciation of these newly powerful sociopolitical forces: archival readings, I argue, emerge as crucial

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Cassy Sachar

-sensory experience of touch, image and sound, accessing a concept of reading which goes beyond the printed page, encompassing mapping and questioning to create a shared experience, the foundation of all good relationships. Albert Friedlander's Personal Library

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Victor Jeleniewski Seidler

. Reading Many years after writing the poem above, that touches on questions of inherited memories, and twenty-five years after she became a rabbi, one of the last papers Sheila Shulman published was ‘Reading Whole’. In this she is concerned with the

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Matthew C. Ally

Joseph S. Catalano, Reading Sartre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 213pp., $25.99 (paperback) ISBN 978-0-521-15227-3; $85.00 (cloth) ISBN 978-0-521-76646-3

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On Getting It Right

The Voice of Gabriel Josipovici

Paul Davies

This article focuses on some of the themes and questions at the heart of Gabriel Josipovici’s fictional and critical writing, most notably the idea that reading is a matter of participation rather than understanding. It asks what is distinctive about Josipovici’s relationship with other philosophically inclined critics and theorists. It offers a participatory reading of one of his critical writings demonstrating the care with which it is arranged. The article concludes with a brief consideration of how other writers and works are brought into Josipovici’s fiction.