Why Reading Books Still Matters: The Power of Literature in Digital Times

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Routledge, Aug 29, 2017 - Education - 246 pages

Bringing together strands of public discourse about valuing personal achievement at the expense of social values and the impacts of global capitalism, mass media, and digital culture on the lives of children, this book challenges the potential of science and business to solve the world’s problems without a complementary emphasis on social values. The selection of literary works discussed illustrates the power of literature and human arts to instill such values and foster change. The book offers a valuable foundation for the field of literacy education by providing knowledge about the importance of language and literature that educators can use in their own teaching and advocacy work.

 

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Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
The Value of a Literate Culture
A Sketch of Our World Current and Future
The Digital World
Living Life Onscreen and Online
Reading Onscreen and Online
Education and Literacy in Digital Culture
How Fiction and Poetry Work Their Magic
A Closer Look at Reading
Psychological Effects of Reading LiteratureWe Point the Way and Take You Halfway There 10 We Point the Way and Take You Halfway There
Mapping an Alternative Future
Index

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About the author (2017)

Martha C. Pennington is Professorial Research Associate in the Department of Linguistics, School of Oriental and African Studies, and Research Fellow in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.

Robert P. Waxler is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA, and cofounder of Changing Lives Through Literature.

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