Hadley, T (2012) ''What Maisie Knew': what teaching difficult texts helps us learn about reading.' Henry James Review, 33 (3). pp. 272-276. ISSN 0273-0340

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hjr.2012.0020


In this paper I discuss What Maisie Knew in three different contexts, in relation to learning to read. First, I talk about my own experience of reading the novel, aged fourteen or fifteen—not understanding much, but piecing a reading together out of fragments, and feeling the novel's complexity as a promise of complexity in real things. I discuss teaching the novel to students, helping them build an understanding of its meaning from the bottom upwards, out of the detail of the text. Finally I discuss the novel's own preoccupation with a child's learning to perceive meaning and value in the life around her

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