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Literacy as Involvement: The Acts of Writers, Readers, and Texts
In Literacy as Involvement, Deborah Brandt examines the cultural and social roots of the acts of reading and writing. The book asks, for example, whether literacy is a natural growth of or a radical shift from orality. It questions the contrary views that literacy is either the learning of the conventions of language or is better understood as heightened social ability. Fi ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published July 1st 1990 by Southern Illinois University Press
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The first chapter of Brandt’s book explores the basic principles of “strong-text theories” of literacy such as those forwarded by Walter Ong and Deborah Tannen (13), which she goes on to critique extensively. As Brandt puts it, “My aim is to look hard at the foundations of this antisocial view of literacy in order to offer a reformulation of the nature of literate language and the social processes that spawn it” (2). Whereas strong-text theories assume literate language is premised on ...more
Could we collapse speech and communication and composition again? The interrelationality of orality and literacy suggests a cross-disciplinary project, but how would it look now that the split has been made, with departments being very pedagogically, disciplinarily and often geographically separated? A class would perhaps have to be team-taught. And yet most of my FCY colleagues (and I myself) include a presentation component to our classes. What we don’t do is to make the talking and the ...more