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Sheer sharing: the gratifications of not talking about books
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9309-2343
2019 (English)In: Literacy and Play for All: Improvisation, possibility and imagination, 2019, p. 57-57Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Social sharing is a known prerequisite to fostering a love of reading and literature, both in the home and in formal educational settings. In this context, current research and discourse tend to emphasize the importance of book talk. Introducing its various forms in formal education, however, we walk a thin line between enriching individual students’ literary experiences and spoiling some of the more intimate aesthetic effects for them by the very act of talking and analyzing. Referring to findings from varied disciplines as well as to practical examples, this paper will make a case for the distinct forms and gratifications of sheer sharing, that is, of having a text in common but not talking about it. I will argue that sheer sharing can be just as formative to literacy as book talk proper, and that while certain types of literature thrive on purposeful book talk, others may in fact exert more power if they are shared tacitly. The mechanisms in focus here are readers’ mental imagery and experiences of personal resonance.

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2019. p. 57-57
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Languages and Literature Educational Sciences
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Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-175436OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-175436DiVA, id: diva2:1365957
Conference
55th UK Literacy Association International Conference, Sheffield, UK, 12-14 July, 2019
Available from: 2019-10-27 Created: 2019-10-27 Last updated: 2019-11-01Bibliographically approved

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