What Happens When We ReadLaurence MusgroveDepartment of English and Modern LanguagesAngelo State Universitywww.laurencemusgrove.com
draw a pictureof what happens when you read
Our ordinary conceptual system, in terms ofwhich we both think and act, isfundamentally metaphorical in nature.George Lakoff and Mark JohnsonMetaphors We Live By
Metaphor is a linguistic equation; ananalogy that compares two unlike thingsin order to better understand one or bothof those unlike things.• “You broke my heart.”• “I feel down today.”• “She makes my heart sing.”• “Call me when you feel up to goingout.”
We use metaphors to think and talk abouthow we read.
metaphorswe read bysee the handout!
reading is a bodily experience
education = commodity
resistance to oppressive experiencesin school may be goodeven though the consequencesmay be unfortunate
aesthetic experienceis not transferable
no one can reada book for you
reading is the cognitiveembodimentof individual liberty
reading is the cognitiveembodimentof identificationand associationwith others
the end of the teaching of readingshould be to provide studentswith free and faithful experienceswith books
reading is a private and public goodwhere we learnwith our entire human organthe privileges and responsibilitiesthat come with livingin a democratic society