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Wolf cries: On Power, Emotions and Critical Literacy in First-Language Teaching in Sweden
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centrum för genusforskning.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8019-2396
(CSL, ROSE)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2872-4102
2017 (English)In: Gender and Education, ISSN 0954-0253, E-ISSN 1360-0516, 1-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Adopting a critical literacy perspective in teaching is about howexperiences, social contexts, languages, learning and powerrelations interact in language development. In this article, weexplore how students’ critical literacies are enhanced and hinderedby emotional power relations in the classroom. We investigatewhat happens when emotionally charged texts – here texts aboutwolves in Sweden – are used in lower secondary schools. Drawingon two examples we illustrate different ways of enhancingstudents’ critical approach to the argumentative text type. Thearticle highlights the affective aspects of teaching, and thusthe unforeseeable aspects of classroom interaction. Emotionally,the wolf issue became very different objects for the personsoccupying the classrooms. It invoked, e.g. homosocial relations,racist accounts and nationalistic outbursts. The article stresses thesignificance of teacher intervention but argues that to facilitatecritical literacy in emotionally charged classrooms, the circulationof emotions, including teachers’ emotions must be brought to light.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. 1-17 p.
Keyword [en]
critical/literary theory, critical pedagogies, emotion/affect, teachers and educators, ethnography, literacy
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Gender Studies Pedagogical Work
Research subject
Educational Work; Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-62880DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2017.1376041OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-62880DiVA: diva2:1137910
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Swedish Research Council, 2011/5540
Available from: 2017-09-02 Created: 2017-09-02 Last updated: 2017-09-15Bibliographically approved

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