This book proposes the study of literary texts as a vital component of L2
linguistic and cultural knowledge. The research, conducted with students of
Italian in Australia, is situated in the wider L2 context, and compared to
studies on students' perceptions of English and French literary texts in
countries such as Canada, Italy, Australia, Germany and the Ukraine.
The first part of the book takes the debate on the inclusion of literature
in language education as a springboard for posing crucial questions about
how students, and educators, view literature. The theoretical framework
draws from educational, linguistic, philosophical and literary theories,
and focuses on the role of awareness in learning and the role of the
learner's experience. The second part of the book evaluates an innovative
approach to teaching and learning L2 literature, and discusses the
application of this to the language classroom.
Containing a balance of theoretical and practical concerns, this book will
be invaluable reading for researchers of applied linguistics and second
Dr Piera Carroli is Convener of Italian Studies at the Australian National
"By documenting in extensive detail how learners experience literature in a
foreign language, the author engages the reader in a loving voyage of
discovery into the multiple perceptions, pleasures and insights gained by
readers of foreign literary texts in their study of the language. For
teachers and researchers, the book offers easily replicable research
approaches and concrete exercises for a cyclical pedagogy of the literary
text. This book is a delight . A must for any undergraduate or graduate
course in language and literacy education."
- Professor Claire Kramsch, Department of German, University of
California, Berkeley, USA.
"Based on systematic research this is a work that asks us to pause, reflect
and re-examine operating assumptions of what constitutes an effective,
interesting and engaging second language curriculum."
- Professor Joseph Lo Bianco, University of Melbourne, Australia.
"What does the world look like to others?": this is one of the implicit
questions underlying this wonderful monograph. The corresponding, more
concrete, question is, “How do students experience (see) the learning of
second language through reading literature?” The results indicate that
finding a precise answer to this question is a necessary condition, in
order to help students to better learn a second language through reading
- Professor Ference Marton, University of Gothenburg, Sweden