Literacy, Economy, and Power: Writing and Research after

Literacy, Economy, and Power: Writing and Research after "Literacy in American Lives"

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Literacy, Economy, and Power: Writing and Research after "Literacy in American Lives"

Following on the groundbreaking contributions of Deborah Brandt’s Literacy in American Lives—a literacy ethnography exploring how ordinary Americans have been affected by changes in literacy, public education, and structures of power—Literacy, Economy, and Power expands Brandt’s vision, exploring the relevance of her theoretical framework as it relates to literacy practices in a variety of current and historical contexts, as well as in literacy’s expanding and global future. Bringing together scholars from rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies, the book offers thirteen engrossing essays that extend and challenge Brandt’s commentary on the dynamics between literacy and power.

The essays cover many topics, including the editor of the first Native American newspaper, the role of a native Hawaiian in bringing literacy to his home islands, the influence of convents and academies on nineteenth-century literacy, and the future of globalized digital literacies. Contributors include Julie Nelson Christoph, Ellen Cushman, Kim Donehower, Anne Ruggles Gere, Eli Goldblatt, Harvey J. Graff, Gail E. Hawisher, Bruce Horner, David A. Jolliffe, Rhea Estelle Lathan, Min-Zhan Lu, Robyn Lyons-Robinson, Carol Mattingly, Beverly J. Moss, Paul Prior, Cynthia L. Selfe, Michael W. Smith, and Morris Young. Literacy, Economy, and Power also features an introduction exploring the scholarly impact of Brandt’s work, written by editors John Duffy, Julie Nelson Christoph, Eli Goldblatt, Nelson Graff, Rebecca Nowacek, and Bryan Trabold. An invaluable tool for literacy studies at the graduate or professional level, Literacy, Economy, and Power provides readers with a wide-ranging view of the work being done in literacy studies today and points to ways researchers might approach the study of literacy in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809333028
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 12/30/2013
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Looking Back at Literacy: What It Did to Us; What We Did with It

1 Elias Boudinot and the Cherokee Phoenix: The Sponsors of Literacy They Were and Were Not Ellen Cushman 13

2 Testimony as a Sponsor of Literacy: Bernice Robinson and the South Carolina Sea Island Citizenship Program's Literacy Activism Rhea Estelle Lathan 30

3 Beyond the Protestant Literacy Myth Carol Mattingly 45

4 Writing the Life of Henry Obookiah: The Sponsorship of Literacy and Identity Morris Young 61

Part 2 Looking Now at Literacy: A Tool for Change?

5 Sponsoring Education for All: Revisiting the Sacred/Secular Divide in Twenty-First-Century Zanzibar Julie Nelson Christoph 79

6 Connecting Literacy to Sustainability: Revisiting Literacy as Involvement Kim Donehower 97

7 Toward a Labor Economy of Literacy: Academic Frictions Bruce Horner Min-Zhan Lu 111

8 The Unintended Consequences of Sponsorship Eli Goldblatt David A. Jolliffe 127

9 Making Literacy Work: A "Phenomenal Woman" Negotiating Her Literacy Identity in and for an African American Women's Club Beverly J. Moss Robyn Lyons-Robinson 136

10 Seeking Sponsors, Accumulating Literacies: Deborah Brandt and English Education Michael W. Smith 155

11 Combining Phenomenological and Sociohistoric Frameworks for Studying Literate Practices: Some Implications of Deborah Brandt's Methodological Trajectory Paul Prior 166

Part 3 Looking Forward at Literacy: The Global and Multimodal Future

12 Beyond Literate Lives: Collaboration, Literacy Narratives, Transnational Connections, and Digital Media Cynthia L. Selfe Gail E. Hawisher 185

Epilogue: Literacy Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies with Notes on the Place of Deborah Brandt Harvey J. Graff 203

Afterword Anne Ruggles Gere 227

Contributors 233

Index 237

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