Mestiz@ Scripts, Digital Migrations, and the Territories of Writing [NOOK Book]

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Common assumptions about written communication depend upon the alphabet as a precondition for literacy. By privileging the alphabet, pictographic and non-verbal writing systems of Mesoamerica become obscured. Contemporary Mestiz@ scripts, however, undermine alphabetic dominance and defy the territories of "writing." By strategically fusing and embellishing Mesoamerican inscriptions into Western alphabets, Mestiz@ expressions promote new strategies for inventing and writing between worlds. Moreover, these ...

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Mestiz@ Scripts, Digital Migrations, and the Territories of Writing

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Overview

Common assumptions about written communication depend upon the alphabet as a precondition for literacy. By privileging the alphabet, pictographic and non-verbal writing systems of Mesoamerica become obscured. Contemporary Mestiz@ scripts, however, undermine alphabetic dominance and defy the territories of "writing." By strategically fusing and embellishing Mesoamerican inscriptions into Western alphabets, Mestiz@ expressions promote new strategies for inventing and writing between worlds. Moreover, these practices support historically sound accounts of how recorded information changes across cultures and time. Beyond emerging studies of visual/electronic literacy, Mestiz@ scripts advance "new" ways of reading, writing, and learning, fundamentally altering the character of 21st century education.

About the Author:
Damian Baca is assistant professor of Rhetoric & Writing, Chicano-Latino studies, and American Indian studies at the University of Arizona

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Damián Baca-Espinosa is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing, Chicano-Latino Studies, and American Indian Studies at Michigan State University. He earned his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2006.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Linda Martin Alcoff Alcoff, Linda Martin

Pronunciation Guide and Brief Chronology: 500,000 BCE-20l2 CE

1 Mestiz@ Scripts and the Rhetoric of Subversion 1

2 New Consciousness/Ancient Myths 15

3 Mestiz@: A Brief History, from Mexicatl to Chican@ 33

4 Codex Scripts of Resistance: From Columbus to the Border Patrol 63

5 The Spreading of Color: Sacred Scripts and the Genesis of the Rio Grande 95

6 Crossing Borders: Gloria Anzaldua and the Territories of English Composition 119

7 Thinking and Teaching Across Borders and Hemispheres 133

Notes 165

Glossary 185

Bibliography 195

Reading and Discussion Guide 205

Index 207

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