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Readers building fictional worlds: visual representations, poetry and cognition (2016)
Journal Article
Giovanelli, M. (2017). Readers building fictional worlds: visual representations, poetry and cognition. Literacy, 51(1), doi:10.1111/lit.12091. ISSN 1741-4350

This article explores the complex nature of the literature classroom by drawing on the cognitive linguistic framework Text World Theory to examine the teacher's role as facilitator and mediator of reading. Specifically, the article looks at how one t... Read More

Construing the child reader: a cognitive stylistic analysis of the opening to Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (2016)
Journal Article
Giovanelli, M. (in press). Construing the child reader: a cognitive stylistic analysis of the opening to Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Children's Literature in Education, doi:10.1007/s10583-016-9285-3. ISSN 0045-6713

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (2009) charts the story of Nobody Owens, a boy who is adopted by supernatural entities in the local graveyard after his family is murdered. This article draws on the notion of the “construed reader,” and combines two... Read More

Activating metaphors: exploring the embodied nature of metaphorical mapping in political discourse (2015)
Journal Article
Giovanelli, M. (2015). Activating metaphors: exploring the embodied nature of metaphorical mapping in political discourse. Communication Teacher, 30(1), doi:10.1080/17404622.2015.1102303. ISSN 1740-4622

Objectives: This activity allows students to explore the embodied nature of metaphor and its interpretative significance by using gesture and physical movement. Students also understand how, in metaphor, abstract entities are conceptualized in terms... Read More

Becoming an English language teacher: linguistic knowledge, anxieties and the shifting sense of identity (2015)
Journal Article
Giovanelli, M. (2015). Becoming an English language teacher: linguistic knowledge, anxieties and the shifting sense of identity. Language and Education, 29(5), doi:10.1080/09500782.2015.1031677. ISSN 0950-0782

English language is a fast-growing and popular subject at A level, but the majority of qualified secondary teachers in the UK have subject expertise and backgrounds in literature. This paper reports on interviews with seven secondary English teachers... Read More

‘Well I don’t feel that’: schemas, worlds and authentic reading in the classroom (2015)
Journal Article
Giovanelli, M., & Mason, J. (2015). ‘Well I don’t feel that’: schemas, worlds and authentic reading in the classroom. English in Education, 49(1), doi:10.1111/eie.12052. ISSN 0425-0494

This article explores reading in the English classroom through a cognitive linguistic lens. In particular, we consider how students’ ability to engage with a text, which we term authentic reading, can be facilitated or restricted. We draw on two case... Read More

Conceptual proximity and the experience of war in Siegfried Sassoon’s ‘A working party' (2014)
Book
Giovanelli, M. (2014). Conceptual proximity and the experience of war in Siegfried Sassoon’s ‘A working party'. In L. Nuttall, C. Harrison, P. Stockwell, & W. Yuan (Eds.), Cognitive grammar in literatureJohn Benjamins. doi:10.1075/lal.17

Santanu Das (2007) has argued that the defining characteristics of first-world war poetry are the stark movement away from epic forms, and the refashioning of verse as a type of ‘missive from the trenches’, both of which shift the perspective of the... Read More

English: diverse but unified: putting texts at the heart of the discipline
Journal Article
Clark, B., Giovanelli, M., & Macrae, A. (in press). English: diverse but unified: putting texts at the heart of the discipline. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, ISSN 0098-6291

Billy Clark, Marcello Giovanelli and Andrea Macrae argue that ‘language and literature’ points the way towards a coherent vision of English, both at school and at university, as a unified but diverse subject encompassing literature, language, drama,... Read More