Popular Culture and Representations of Literacy / Edition 1

Popular Culture and Representations of Literacy / Edition 1

by Bronwyn Williams, Amy Zenger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415360951

ISBN-13: 9780415360951

Pub. Date: 04/28/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Movies are filled with scenes of people of all ages, sexes, races, and social classes reading and writing in widely varied contexts and purposes. Yet these scenes go largely unnoticed, despite the fact that these images recreate and reinforce pervasive concepts and perceptions of literacy.

This book addresses how everyday literacy practices are represented in

Overview

Movies are filled with scenes of people of all ages, sexes, races, and social classes reading and writing in widely varied contexts and purposes. Yet these scenes go largely unnoticed, despite the fact that these images recreate and reinforce pervasive concepts and perceptions of literacy.

This book addresses how everyday literacy practices are represented in popular culture, specifically in mainstream, widely-distributed contemporary movies. If we watch films carefully for who reads and writes, in what settings, and for what social goals, we can see a reflection of the dominant functions and perceptions that shape our conceptions of literacy in our culture. Such perceptions influence public and political debates about literacy instruction, teachers' expectations of what will happen in their classrooms, and student's ideas about what reading and writing should be.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415360951
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Series:
Routledge Research in Literacy Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chapter One: Literacy in Everyday Life, Literacy on the Screen; Section I. Representations of Literacy and Identity; Chapter Two. The Pragmatic and the Sentimental: Literacy and Gender Roles; Chapter Three: Who's Allowed to Read and Write? Literacy and Social Class; Chapter Four: Writing Others: Literacy and Race; Section II. Literacy and Social Contexts; Chapter Five: Control and Action: Literacy as Power; Chapter Six. The Ambiguity of Texts: Literacy as Danger; Section III: Literacy Myths in the Movies; Chapter Seven: The Passions of the Romantic Author: Literacy as Individualism; Chapter Eight: The Triumph of the Word: Literacy as Salvation and Commodity; Chapter Nine: Life is Not Like the Movies (Or Is it?): Literacy on Film and in Our Lives; References; Filmography; Index

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