I’ve written another guest post for the Changing Lives Through Literature Blog: Changing Lives, Changing Minds. I’ll be heading to Boston again in February to attend their annual conference and am really looking forward to spending more time in the area. For those of you who don’t know, my MA thesis project directly involves the work of Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL)–an alternative measures program in the US that sentences high-risk reoffenders to join reading groups and study with English professors. It has been proven to reduce a criminals chance of reoffending and proves, I think, that reading fiction changes us.
My thesis will link the effects of CLTL with Keith Oatley’s seminal research on the psychology of fiction and David Miall’s (my former professor and mentor) groundbreaking work on literariness–i.e., what is it about great literature that makes it so great anyway?
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