IRSCL member Margaret Mackey has just published One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography, a book that sets out to explore the question of what we can learn about the act of reading from a single child’s experience of becoming literate in a particular place and time. Dr. Mackey draws together memory, textual criticism, social analysis, and reading theory in an extraordinary act of self-study. Seeking a deeper sense of what happens when we read, she revisits the texts she read, viewed, listened to, and wrote as she became literate in the 1950s and 1960s in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The result is not a memoir, but rather a theorized exploration of how a reader is constructed.
For more information, read an interview with Margaret Mackey about One Child Reading in the Edmonton Journal.