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Reading as enactment: transforming Beowulf through drama, film and computer game

Coles, JE; Bryer, T; (2018) Reading as enactment: transforming Beowulf through drama, film and computer game. English in Education , 52 (1) pp. 54-66. 10.1080/04250494.2018.1414419. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, we offer an account of a two-day workshop conducted with a group of postgraduate English and Drama student teachers, part of a larger AHRC-funded research project. Our focus is on reading and the reception of a canonical text, in this case Beowulf. We argue that taking a transmedia approach helps learners to think about the literary text in new ways. Using Louise Rosenblatt’s transactional theory of reading as our starting point, we develop Myra Barrs’ understanding of reading as a form of enactment or performance and writing as a form of role-play. We specifically consider the meaning and function of “role” across different media platforms, including written text, digital film and computer games.

Type: Article
Title: Reading as enactment: transforming Beowulf through drama, film and computer game
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/04250494.2018.1414419
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/04250494.2018.1414419
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Reading, reader response, transmedia approaches to literature, role
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040117
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