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The Way Literacy Lives
The Way Literacy Lives (March 2008)
Rhetorical Dexterity and Basic Writing Instruction
Shannon Carter - Author

Challenges an autonomous model of literacy instruction in favor of one that recognizes and builds on students’ facility in navigating other rhetorical contexts.

Working from the premise that literacy is a social process rather than an autonomous practice, The Way Literacy Lives offers a curricular response to the political, material, social, and ideological constraints placed on literacy education...(Read More)
Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies
Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies (March 2008)
Activism in the GirlZone
Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau - Author

2010 Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award, presented by The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

2008 Outstanding Book Award for Civic Scholarship presented by Reflections - A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy

Case study of the life of a feminist organization in a changing political and funding climate.
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Defying the Odds
Defying the Odds (December 2006)
Class and the Pursuit of Higher Literacy
Donna Dunbar-Odom - Author

Examines why some working-class students pursue higher literacy while others don’t.

“For me, literacy is … like trying to open a locked door with the wrong key … I don’t always see the meaning at first and usually I have to have someone … let me in with their key. I tend to think that being in college is enough, but it still isn’t going to guarantee higher literacy for me...(Read More)
Culturally Contested Pedagogy
Culturally Contested Pedagogy (November 2005)
Battles of Literacy and Schooling between Mainstream Teachers and Asian Immigrant Parents
Guofang Li - Author

Advocates for a greater cultural understanding of minority beliefs in literacy education and a more critical examination of mainstream instructional practices.

The voices of teachers, parents, and students create a compelling ethnographic study that examines the debate between traditional and progressive pedagogies in literacy education and the mismatch of cross-cultural discourses between mainstream schools ...(Read More)

Ethnography Unbound
Ethnography Unbound (February 2004)
From Theory Shock to Critical Praxis
Stephen Gilbert Brown - Editor
Sidney I. Dobrin - Editor

Problematizes traditional ethnographic research methods, offering instead self-reflexive critical practices.

These provocative new essays redefine the goals, methods, and assumptions of qualitative and ethnographic research in composition studies, making evident not only the crucial importance of ethnographic research, but also its resilience. As Ethnography Unbound makes evident, critical ethnographers are ret...(Read More)
Borges (October 2002)
The Passion of an Endless Quotation
Lisa Block de Behar - Author
William Egginton - Translation and introduction by

Lisa Block de Behar explores the trope of quotation in the works of Jorge Luis Borges.

“Barthes once wrote that the only way to read a work of passion is with another work of passion. What was true for Barthes is equally true for Lisa Block de Behar, whose three or more decades of scholarly activity have produced an imposing body of scholarship on the work of Jorge Luis Borges, but more importantly and more urgen...(Read More)
Community Literacy Programs and the Politics of Change
Community Literacy Programs and the Politics of Change (August 2001)
Jeffrey T. Grabill - Author

An examination of community literacy programs--with an eye toward radical change.

This book does a wonderful job of bringing together an astounding number of provocative ideas in a way that links theory and practice. Grabill's viewpoint that institutions that affect community literacy programs can be redesigned in a participatory fashion that both empower the users of those programs and improve the institutions attemptin...(Read More)
The Feminine
The Feminine "No!" (November 2000)
Psychoanalysis and the New Canon
Todd McGowan - Author

Attempts to understand recent changes in the canon of American literature through the aid of psychoanalytic theory.

The Feminine "No!" sheds new light on the recent culture wars and debates about changes to the literary canon. Todd McGowan argues that the dynamics of canon change, rather than being the isolated concern of literary critics, actually offer concrete insights into the source of social change. Through...(Read More)
Words in the Wilderness
Words in the Wilderness (January 2000)
Critical Literacy in the Borderlands
Stephen Gilbert Brown - Author
Gary A. Olson - Foreword by

2001 W. Ross Winterowd Award, Best book in composition theory presented by JAC and the Association of Teachers of Advanced Composition
Blends vivid personal accounts and sophisticated theoretical analysis to make a compelling book about one teacher's experience teaching on an Athabascan Indian Reservation in Alaska.
Using the author's intensely personal, reflective, provocative account of his time teaching on an Athabascan ...(Read More)
Literacy with an Attitude
Literacy with an Attitude (September 1999)
Educating Working-Class Children in Their Own Self-Interest
Patrick J. Finn - Author

2000 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards - Honorable Mention

A passionate plea for teachers, parents, and community organizers to give working-class children the same type of empowering education and powerful literacy skills that the children of upper- and middle-class people receive. Strategies for reaching and teaching these children are presented.

This book is for teachers, parents, and c...(Read More)

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