On Verbal Art - Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan - Rebekah Wegener

On Verbal Art - Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan - Rebekah Wegener

On Being a Literature Teacher: A Language Based Perspective

On Verbal Art - Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan - Rebekah Wegener

David Butt [+-]
Macquarie University
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David Butt is associate Professor in linguistics at Macquarie University and for more than a decade has been the Director of the University Research Centre for Language in Social Life (CLSL: now a Research Network). This Centre has conducted projects across communities and institutions for which functional linguistics provided significant evidence about the management of change. Through the Centre, he has been actively engaged with professionals in medicine (surgery and psychiatry), counselling, care for people with disabilities, intelligent systems design and brain sciences, cultural analysis (literature, theatre, world Englishes), complexity theory and 'smart spaces', Vygotskian approaches to education and training, financial reporting, courtroom explanations and forensic evidence, media and journalism, and child language development (in the traditions of Trevarthen and Halliday). The Centre has also investigated the interrelations between linguistics, verbal art (especially poetry), philosophy and the arguments of natural sciences (viz biology; genetics; and physics). The Centre has actively promoted educational developments in various cultures beyond Australia - Singapore, India, and especially with Timor and in Indonesia. David has published extensively on verbal art and has conducted many research projects and classes on the subject.

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There are challenges, and opportunities, that are peculiar to the teaching of literature. These challenges – and the academic rewards – are what I wish to illustrate and reflect upon in this opportunity to write on topics in arts and humanities, particularly in relation to my teacher and career mentor, Ruqaiya Hasan. I will set off from a summary statement that I have arrived at through my experiences working in literature and linguistics. I will then work more directly through examples to bring my initial claims about literature ‘down to earth’.

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Butt, David. On Being a Literature Teacher: A Language Based Perspective. On Verbal Art - Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 26-52 Sep 2018. ISBN 9781781794487. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=29792. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.29792. Sep 2018

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