Literary English and the challenge of multimodality

Beavis, Catherine 2013, Literary English and the challenge of multimodality, Changing English: studies in culture and education, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 241-252, doi: 10.1080/1358684X.2013.816527.

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Title Literary English and the challenge of multimodality
Author(s) Beavis, CatherineORCID iD for Beavis, Catherine
Journal name Changing English: studies in culture and education
Volume number 20
Issue number 3
Start page 241
End page 252
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 1358-684X
Keyword(s) literature
aesthetic texts
Summary How to understand and argue for the nature and place of literary texts and experience in contemporary English curriculum has been and continues to be the subject of much debate. While literature as traditionally conceptualised remains an important presence in much English curriculum, the notion of what 'literature' is, or what the category of 'literary' texts and cultural forms might encompass, in a context where literacy is understood as multimodal and English and literacy curriculum addresses multimodal literacies accordingly, is less clear. This paper addresses two areas with respect to literature and literature teaching in the digital age: first, issues surrounding the ways in which national curriculum guidelines in England and Australia envisage the teaching of literature, in principle and in practice; and second, the challenges presented to print-based conceptions of literature and literature teaching within English by significantly broader conceptualisations of literature encompassing a range of aesthetic multimodal texts and forms. The kinds of insights, experience and understandings generated through the study and creation of literary and aesthetic texts in English, it is argued, are now needed more than ever. However, as literary experience becomes increasingly transmodal, how English seeks to manage media shift to encompass both print and digital forms remains a challenging issue.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/1358684X.2013.816527
Field of Research 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Lote, Esl and Tesol)
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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