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Literary Texts and Intercultural Learning

Exploring New Directions


Ana Goncalves Matos

This book offers new perspectives on the pedagogical value of literary texts. The book is, in the first place, a theoretical study – speculative in nature – about the inherent connection between reading and interculturality. The author argues that reading literary texts may open up a passage to a ‘third place’, a space in which a student can learn more about their own identity and ultimately arrive at a more nuanced understanding of otherness. Some of the skills implicated in the construction of textual understanding can facilitate intercultural learning, opening up opportunities for a pedagogical approach in which the reading of literary texts develops a student’s intercultural perspective and fosters reflection on cultural difference. The author explores the pedagogical potential of the book’s theoretical premises through a sustained classroom-based example.


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Acknowledgements ix


Acknowledgements I would like to express my gratitude to the editors of the series for their most helpful comments, suggestions and corrections. To Professor Michael Byram and Professor Lothar Bredella, for their thorough and inspiring revi- sion of the manuscript. To Christabel Scaife, for her thoughtful assistance and help throughout the whole process. To Professor Michael Byram, co-supervisor of the doctoral thesis that was the basis for this book, for his invaluable advice, availability and vision. To Dr Manuela Guilherme for her continuous friendly support and for sharing her invaluable knowledge and experience with me. To Dr Vanessa Boutefeu for her interested and committed proof- reading of parts of the text. Finally, I wish to thank my family for their love, assistance, patience and encouragement.

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