ABSTRACT

What do you do when a book reaches out and grabs you, and you can’t resist reading it? If you are a materialist theorist, you study the agentive nature of this book to do something to you. If you are a language and literacy educator, you ask yourself: how could I share this extraordinary book with my students? We happen to be both and so this chapter describes our affective reading experience as teacher-researchers and explores one book’s pedagogical potential to be used, and to act, in adult language classrooms through a materialist lens. 1