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

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

by Damian Baca
     
 

Conventional scholarship on written communication positions the Western alphabet as a precondition for literacy. Thus, pictographic, non-verbal writing practices of Mesoamerica remain obscured by representations of lettered speech. This book examines how contemporary Mestiz@ scripts challenge alphabetic dominance, thereby undermining the colonized territories of

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Overview

Conventional scholarship on written communication positions the Western alphabet as a precondition for literacy. Thus, pictographic, non-verbal writing practices of Mesoamerica remain obscured by representations of lettered speech. This book examines how contemporary Mestiz@ scripts challenge alphabetic dominance, thereby undermining the colonized territories of "writing." Strategic weavings of Aztec and European inscription systems not only promote historically-grounded accounts of how recorded information is expressed across cultures, but also speak to emerging studies on "visual/multimodal" education. Baca-Espinosa argues that Mestiz@ literacies advance "new" ways of reading and writing, applicable to diverse classrooms of the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230605152
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/27/2008
Series:
New Concepts in Latino American Cultures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Mestiz@ Scripts and the Rhetoric of Subversion
• New Consciousness/Ancient Myths
• Mestiz@: A Brief History, from Mexicatl to Chican@
• Codex Scripts of Resistance: From Columbus to the Border Patrol
• The Spreading of Color: Sacred Scripts and the Genesis of the Rio Grande
• Gloria Anzaldúa and the Territories of Writing
• Thinking and Teaching across Borders and Hemispheres

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