• Sign In / Register
  • Help
  • Basket0
Becoming a Reader: The Experience of Fiction from Childhood to Adulthood (Hardback)
  • Becoming a Reader: The Experience of Fiction from Childhood to Adulthood (Hardback)
zoom

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

(author)
£72.00
Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 22/02/1991
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
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: 234 x 156 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'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

You may also be interested in...

Think Again
Added to basket
The New Penguin Russian Course
Added to basket
Swearing Is Good For You
Added to basket
The Will to Power
Added to basket
Making Sense
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
How to Argue with a Cat
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Swearing Is Good For You
Added to basket
Let's Sign Pocket Dictionary
Added to basket
Making the Father of the Bride's Speech
Added to basket
British Sign Language: Teach Yourself
Added to basket
Mythologies
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Dent's Modern Tribes
Added to basket
£10.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Etymologicon
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Bespoke
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.