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Becoming a Reader: The Experience of Fiction from Childhood to Adulthood (Hardback)
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Becoming a Reader: The Experience of Fiction from Childhood to Adulthood (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 22/02/1991
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Becoming a Reader argues that, whatever our individual differences of personality and background, there is a regular sequence of attitudes we go through as we mature, which affect how we experience fiction, from the five-year-old child absorbed in the world of fantasy play, through the seventeen year old critical seeker of the truth, to the middle-aged reader recognizing their own experiences in fictional characters. Becoming a Reader argues that this sequence of responses can be worked out and described. The evidence for these claims is drawn from numerous studies of reading and from interviews with a great many readers, young and old. The developmental perspective provides a useful framework for assessing the implications of competing theories of reading and for charting the evolution of individual readers. Finally, in allowing us to predict our reading experience, the book allows us, as adults, to choose what to do with the power which reading gives us.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521383646
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


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'This book is an excellent introduction to the kinds of fiction that appeal to school-age children, adolescents, and adults. It provides a rich and provocative as well as informative view of the why and what of experiencing fiction by readers of different ages. It introduces the basic ideas, assumptions, and themes in literary interpretation and criticism. It portrays the kinds of characters and stories that are recurrent in formulaic romance and adventure that appeal to all ages in different forms. As a basic primer on literature and literary experiences of children and adults, it is highly recommended.' American Journal of Psychology
' ... a lucid and useful book on the way reading fiction helps us construct and enlarge our personal and social identities.' America
'Happily, Appleyard is in the 'grip' of neither Frye nor anyone else. Like his pragmatically conceived adult reader, Appleyard uses Frye's Anatomy because it works. He manages to hold aloft at once a number of theories, examining and extracting the best and most sensible ideas before moving on.' Book Reviews
"...an excellent introduction to the kinds of fiction that appeal to school-age children, adolescents, and adults. It provides a rich and provocative as well as informative view of the why and what of experiencing fiction by readers of different ages. It introduces the basic ideas, assumptions, and themes in literary interpretation and criticism. It portrays the kinds of characters and stories that are recurrent in formulaic romance and adventure that appeal to all ages in different forms. As a basic primer on literature and literary experiences of children and adults, it is highly recommended." Thomas Trabasso, American Journal of Psychology
"...a thoroughly remarkable book examining the process of reading from a developmental perspective all the way from early childhood to adulthood....the whole tone of this book is one of patient, intelligent, encouraging fruitful inquiry into why people read the way they do, and what it means to read at all....If there is one book about the reading and teaching of literature that should be read by every teacher from kindergarten through college, this is it." R. Bruce Schauble, KLIATT
"...an adherent of no particular theoretical school, Appleyard has read widely among many competing schools of thought, asking questions about the interests, needs, skills, experience, and training of readers at different stages of life, all this in order to flesh out the hypothetical `reader' of current reader-oriented aesthetics. He manages to hold aloft at once a number of theories, examining and extracting the best and most sensible ideas before moving on." Dalhousie Review
"...an adherent of no particular theoretical school, Appleyard has read widely among many competing schools of thought, asking questions about the interests, needs, skills, experience, and training of readers at different stages of life, all this in order to flesh out the hypothetical `reader' of current reader-oriented aesthetics. He manages to hold aloft at once a number of theories, examining and extracting the best and most sensible ideas before moving on." Dalhousie Review
"...As a compendium of what fiction is or can be in our lives, this book is a rare achievement. Include it in your book circle, a seminar on teaching literature, and your backpack of things for solitary contemplation." Sam Sebesta, Journal of Reading

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