Twenty First Century Literature: Opportunities, Changes and Challenges

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Title Twenty First Century Literature: Opportunities, Changes and Challenges
Author Beavis, Catherine Alice
Book Title The Routledge International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy Teaching
Editor Dominic Wyse, Richard Andrews and James Hoffman
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract One of the greatest challenges to subject English as it is re-imagined in contemporary times is the role of literature, canonical texts and 'literary literacy' in the digital, globalised world of the twenty-first century. In arguing for a version of English that will equip students for the uncertainties of future times, Kress (2002) argues that English should be comprised of three areas: ethics, rhetoric and aesthetics – that is, values, structures of language and both print and multimodal communicative forms, and the study of aesthetic in culturally salient texts. English, he argues, deserves its role in the curriculum 'as the subject that provides means for understanding the relation of an inner world of imagination and desire with an outer world of culture and of social demands' (Kress 2002 p.17). In this, literary and imaginative texts are central, but the ways in which they are approached and analysed needs to be reflective of contemporary constructions of texts and reading, and of English curriculum more generally. This chapter addresses key debates and questions concerning the place of literature in contemporary English curriculum, the pressures it is subject to, and the state of literature teaching currently. This is followed by a consideration of what literature and its study has to bring to twenty first century curriculum. The chapter concludes with observations concerning opportunities for the future presented by the incorporation into a reconceptualised literature curriculum of digital literacies and multimodal texts and e-literature.
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Edition 1
Chapter Number 4
Page from 33
Page to 44
ISBN 9780415469036
Date Accessioned 2011-02-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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