Mediated Reading Aloud to Children
This chapter contains a detailed analysis of the theories that have been put forward by various researchers in understanding the concept of mediated reading aloud to children. This literature review will analyze three conceptual frameworks, the theories of mediatization, communication constructivism as well as live and mediatized performance. One of the main theoretical constructs, Philip Auslander’s theory on the position of live performance in a mediatized culture provides a better understanding of the research topic, joining the discussion on one of the main research questions on the impact of live performance on reading aloud. Additionally, this section contains a historical-comparative analysis of the adoption of mediated reading to children in the United Kingdom as well as other evolutionary stages that can be identified through the years until the present.