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This article borrows the title of an influential Australian study by Ian Reid to raise questions about how students read and respond to texts within classroom settings. In 1984 Reid published The Making of Literature, where he drew on poststructuralist insights to develop a new approach to the teaching of literature (what he called the 'Workshop' approach) in contradistinction to more traditional understandings of the role of literature within the school curriculum (the 'Gallery')...This essay revisits Reid's text, presenting three contrasting points of view across two generational spans, in order to raise questions about its continuing relevance. (p. 165)