Author Archives: R I E Library, Mysore

New Book added to Library

An Experiment in Criticism


Lewis, C. S.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 978-1-107-69854-3

Acc No.: 73888   Call No.: 801.95 L673


Book Description: Why do we read literature and how do we judge it? C. S. Lewis’s classic An Experiment in Criticism springs from the conviction that literature exists for the joy of the reader and that books should be judged by the kind of reading they invite. He argues that ‘good reading’, like moral action or religious experience, involves surrender to the work in hand and a process of entering fully into the opinions of others: ‘in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself’. Crucial to his notion of judging literature is a commitment to laying aside expectations and values extraneous to the work, in order to approach it with an open mind. Amid the complex welter of current critical theories, C. S. Lewis’s wisdom is valuably down-to-earth, refreshing and stimulating in the questions it raises about the experience of reading.

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The Book of Indian Butterflies


Kehimkar, Isaac

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195696202

Acc No.: 73956     Call No.: 595.7890954  K24


Book Description: The Book of Indian Butterflies describes 734 species of butterflies that commonly occur in the Indian subcontinent. Most descriptions are illustrated with color images of specimens from the Bombay Natural History Society’s collection as well as with color photographs of butterflies from across the country in their natural habitats. The book also includes color photographs showing the life history of different butterfly groups and their adaptation techniques.

Besides highlighting the rich biodiversity of India’s butterfly fauna, this book is a highly enjoyable guide for nature lovers. Isaac Kehimkar discusses the biology and identification of butterflies, as well as butterfly watching, photography, and rearing. Written by an expert in the field, The Book of Indian Butterflies is a comprehensive and updated guide to India’s butterflies.

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Teaching and Researching Speaking


Hughes, Rebecca

Publisher: Pearson

ISBN: 978-81-317-5528-0

Acc No.:73806       Call No.:418.0071 H893


Book Description: Speaking is a dynamic, interpersonal process and one that strongly influences how we are perceived by others in a range of formal and everyday contexts.  Despite this, speaking is often researched and taught as if it is simply writing delivered in a different mode. In Teaching and Researching Speaking, Rebecca Hughes suggests that we have less understanding than we might of important meaning-making aspects of speech such as prosody, gaze, affect (how language makes us feel) and the ways speakers collaborate and negotiate with one another in interaction. The book reviews materials and assessment practices in the light of current knowledge about spoken language, and highlights areas for new work and collaboration between researchers and practitioners.

 In this thoroughly revised and updated second edition, the book looks to the future of the field, considering access to spoken data via the worldwide web and new technologies that allow neurolinguistic insights formerly hidden from view. A new chapter on assessment discusses ‘high stakes’ oral language testing contexts such as immigration.

 Teaching and Researching Speaking presents summaries and case studies to help the reader understand how to approach researching speaking and encourages practitioners to question the models of speaking that they are using in their classrooms.

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Improving Student Engagement and Development through Assessment: Theory and practice in higher education


Clouder, editors

Publisher: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group

ISBN: 978-0-415-61820-5

Acc No.: 74084          Call No.:378.167 C647


Book Description:  With a unique focus on the relationship between assessment and engagement this book explores what works in terms of keeping students on course to succeed.

Against a backdrop of massification and the associated increase in student diversity there is an escalating requirement for personalized, technology driven learning in higher education. In addition, the advent of student fees has promoted a consumer culture resulting in students having an increasingly powerful voice in shaping curricula to their own requirements. How does one engage and retain a group of students of such diverse culture, ethnicity, ambition and experience?

Using examples from a variety of institutions worldwide this edited collection provides a well-researched evidence base of current thinking and developments in assessment practices in higher education. The chapters discuss:

  • Staff and student views on assessment
  • Engaging students through assessment feedback
  • Assessment for learning
  • Assessing for employability
  • Interdisciplinary and transnational assessment
  • Technology supported assessment for retention

The book draws together a wealth of expertise from a range of contributors including academic staff, academic developers, pedagogical researchers, National Teaching Fellows and Centres for Excellence in Higher Education. Recognising that a pedagogy which is embedded and taken-for-granted in one context might be completely novel in another, the authors share best practice and evaluate evidence of assessment strategies to enable academic colleagues to make informed decisions about adopting new and creative approaches to assessment. This interdisciplinary text will prove an invaluable tool for those working and studying in higher education.





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Special Educational Needs for Newly Qualified Teachers and Teaching Assistants: A Practical guide.

2nd edition


Cheminais, Rita

Publisher: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group

ISBN: 978-0-415-49583-7

Acc No.: 74089                  Call No.: 371.90941 C517


Book Description:  This completely revised and updated edition addresses the most recent developments in Special Educational Needs. Essential reading for newly qualified teachers and teaching assistants, Rita Cheminais’s classic text now relates to current initiatives including Every Child Matters (ECM) and using personalised learning approaches. Many aspects vital to effective classroom practice are explored, including:

  • the latest Qualified Teacher Status Standards and the Occupational Standards for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • recent legislation and key official reports and documents relating to SEN and ECM
  • the effective partnership working with multi-agency practitioners
  • up-to-date tips on how to meet OFSTEDs inspection requirements in relation to pupils well being, attainment and achievement
  • how to evaluate the impact of SEN/additional provision.

The book reflects the DCSF/National Strategies Inclusion Development Programme (IDP), and practical tips and strategies are given on how to meet the needs of a diverse range of pupils with additional educational needs (AEN), including: Speech, Language and Communication Needs, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, sensory impairments and physical disabilities.

Featuring helpful checklists, templates and photocopiable resources to support professional development, this practical resource contains a wealth of valuable advice, as well as signposting to further information.

This authoritative text will provide fascinating reading for trainee and newly qualified teachers as well as experienced teachers and teaching assistants. Lecturers in higher education and consultants and advisors in Local Authority Children’s Services will also find this book a useful resource.

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Speaking with Pictures: Folk art and the narrative tradition in India


Chatterji, Roma

Publisher: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group

ISBN: 978-0-415-52301-1

Acc No.: 73919    Call No.: 745.0954 C495


Book Description: Speaking with Pictures is a path-breaking exploration of visual narratives in folk art. Instead of talking of the recovery of narrativity in Indian modernism through the idiom of folk art, as art critics sometimes do, this book foregrounds folk art’s engagement with modernity by re-looking at its figurative modes and the ways in which they are embedded in mythic thought.

It discusses folk art as a contemporary phenomenon which is a part of a complex visual culture where the ‘essence’ of tradition is best captured in a ‘new’ form or medium. Each chapter picks up a theme that moves between the local and the global, thereby attempting to problematise the stereotypical view of folk artists as carriers of ‘timeless tradition’. An ethnographic account of innovations that have been taking place in the folk arts is offered through a detailed analysis of the scroll painting tradition of the patuas of West Bengal and the Pardhan-Gond style of Madhya Pradesh, highlighting some recent attempts at inter-medium exchange in storytelling, such as the use of Gond art for animation and graphic novels in the patua style.

The book will interest those in visual and popular culture in anthropology, sociology, literary criticism and folklore. It will also be of immense value to art historians, museologists, curators and NGOs working in media and communication, apart from those with a general interest in folk art.

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Beginning Theory: An Introduction to literary and cultural theory

3rd edition.


Barry, Peter

Publisher: Viva Books

ISBN: 978-81-309-1568-5

Acc No.:  73797          Call No.: 801.95 B279


Book Description: Beginning Theory: An Introduction To Literary And Cultural Theory is an excellent study material for the students of literary and cultural theory subject. The book with its exhaustive and informative content offers great insights into the nuances of literature and recent developments in it.