Disembodied Voice and Embodied Affect: e-Reading in Early Childhood Education

  • Hermansson C
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This article is based on observations made in a Swedish digital early childhood classroom during reading time. The question of‘what is happening’ in the digital classroom when six-year-olds read a fictional electronic book is explored through video observations focusing on children learning to read by engaging in e-books. Informed by affect, as described by Baruch de Spinoza and interpreted by Gilles Deleuze, this article provides a way to attend to the highly dynamic encounters between bodies, ideas and materiality that characterize the children’s engagement in e-reading. The analysis suggests that the digital voice is a vital component for activating engagement in and a drive for reading through the moments and movements ofembodied reading when children co-read a fictional e-book on their own. Focusing on how e-book reading is enacted in the educational everyday reading practices, this article is an empirically grounded contribution to the understanding ofhow e-reading is constituted in contemporary digital classroom in all its complexity.




Hermansson, C. (2017). Disembodied Voice and Embodied Affect: e-Reading in Early Childhood Education. Nordic Journal of Literacy Research, 3(0). https://doi.org/10.23865/njlr.v3.467

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