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Literary Texts and Intercultural Learning

Exploring New Directions

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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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aesthetic reading 56, 90, 91, 95, 97–101, 103, 105, 109, 130 aesthetic experience 4, 12, 43, 45–56 , 95, 109, 126, 130 alterity 9 (n. 1), 15, 58, 119, 179 see also otherness ambiguity 18, 19, 25 (n. 7), 26–28, 60 (n. 1), 61, 89, 132, 159 Antunes, António Lobo 40, 45, 46, 47, 48, 59, 77, 85, 110, 120, 124, 139, 140, 142, 181 asymmetry 12, 20–26, 67, 74, 100 (n. 39), 155, 163 background 108, 169 background context 96 background information 54 (n. 32), 106 background knowledge 90, 101, 106 (and n. 2) background material 51 Bakhtin, Mikhail 10 (n. 2), 25, 26, 28, 33 (n. 13), 89, 90, 144, 148, 161 blanks 24, 81 see also gaps Bredella, Lothar 1, 2, 4, 20, 30, 31 (n. 10), 43, 56, 72, 73, 78, 83, 85, 90, 91, 93–98, 102, 103, 104, 109, 110, 119, 123, 124, 127, 143, 144, 179 Byram, Michael 2, 3, 4, 10 (n. 2), 27, 30, 31 (n. 10), 34, 53, 65, 66, 70, 92 (and n. 31), 93, 128 (and n. 28), 131, 138, 139, 150, 163, 177 change 2, 4, 10, 11, 19, 21, 29, 30, 33–43, 50, 61, 67, 68, 73, 76 (n. 16), 77, 82, 92, 109, 121 (n. 25), 122, 127, 128, 129, 138, 140 (n. 1), 142, 177 see also transformation compound voice 18, 19, 105, 110, 120, 121, 122, 134, 150 context 18, 23, 28, 42, 50, 52 (n. 29), 54,...

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