Active Reading: Transformative Writing in Literary Studies

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A&C Black, Jun 1, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 208 pages
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The subject of this book is the crossover between critical study and creative writing.  'Active reading' is a structured process of writing activities using imitation, variation and experimentation. Through practical composition techniques such as 'transformational writing', 're-writing' or 'translation', students can use writing activities to develop their critical imagination.
This book bridges the gap between theories of learning and Literary studies in Higher Education. Setting the argument in an historical and theoretical context, it outlines the importance of writing as a medium of learning and argues for its usefulness in aiding English students' understanding of theoretical as well as literary and cultural texts. The authors provide a reflective account of teaching and assessment methods using writing activities and critical thinking techniques and the forms of learning they promote. In the last section, they explore the connections with other forms of writing practice in related disciplines and argue for the role of transformational writing in promoting independent learning.
Appendices provide examples of the range of activities that can be used and an indicative list of literary examples.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
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Contexts
Writing and Literary Criticism
Student Writing in Theory 54
Teaching Learning and Assessment Writing for Reading
Developing the Group
Assessment and Feedback
Transforrnative Writing in Professional Development
Sample Activities
Extract from National Teaching Fellowship Project Application 2001
Bibliography
Index
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Professor Ben Knights is Director of the English Subject Centre (part of the Higher Education Academy) andis aNational Teaching Fellow at the University of Teesside, UK.

Chris Thurgar-Dawson is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Teesside, UK.

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