Reading Literature

  • Geoff. Hall
Part of the Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics book series (RPAL)


What are the dominant theories and models for the reading of literature? What gaps or problems exist for our knowledge, especially with regard to second or foreign language readers of literature? What empirical research is necessary? More specifically, How does reading literature differ from other types of reading? What makes a ‘good’ or ‘poor’ reader of literature? And what is known about reading literature in a second language?


Foreign Language Vocabulary Knowledge Literary Text Literary Reading Expert Reader 
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Further reading

  1. Important overviews of issues in second language reading include Mackay, Barkman and Jordan (1979), Alderson and Urquhart (1984), Carrell, Devine and Eskey (1988), Barnett (1989), Bernhardt (1991), Aebersold and Field (1997) Day and Bamford (1998) and most recently, Grabe and Stoller (2002).Google Scholar
  2. There is no good single study of second literature reading, though note Bernhardt (2000), which attempts a rigorous critique of second language reading research in general, from a linguistic orientation, identifying key variables.Google Scholar

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© Geoff Hall 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoff. Hall
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  1. 1.Centre for Applied Language StudiesUniversity of Wales SwanseaUK

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