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Literacy, Economy, and Power
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part One: Looking Back at Literacy: What It Did to Us; What We Did with It
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. 1. Elias Boudinot and the Cherokee Phoenix: The Sponsors of Literacy They Were and Were Not
  2. Ellen Cushman
  3. pp. 13-29
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  1. 2. Testimony as a Sponsor of Literacy: Bernice Robinson and the South Carolina Sea Island Citizenship Program’s Literacy Activism
  2. Rhea Estelle Lathan
  3. pp. 30-44
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  1. 3. Beyond the Protestant Literacy Myth
  2. Carol Mattingly
  3. pp. 45-60
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  1. 4. Writing the Life of Henry Obookiah: The Sponsorship of Literacy and Identity
  2. Morris Young
  3. pp. 61-76
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  1. Part Two: Looking Now at Literacy: A Tool for Change?
  2. pp. 77-78
  1. 5. Sponsoring Education for All: Revisiting the Sacred/Secular Divide in Twenty-First-Century Zanzibar
  2. Julie Nelson Christoph
  3. pp. 79-96
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  1. 6. Connecting Literacy to Sustainability: Revisiting Literacy as Involvement
  2. Kim Donehower
  3. pp. 97-110
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  1. 7. Toward a Labor Economy of Literacy: Academic Frictions
  2. Bruce Horner and Min-Zhan Lu
  3. pp. 111-126
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  1. 8. The Unintended Consequences of Sponsorship
  2. Eli Goldblatt and David A. Jolliffe
  3. pp. 127-135
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  1. 9. Making Literacy Work: A “Phenomenal Woman” Negotiating Her Literacy Identity in and for an African American Women’s Club
  2. Beverly J. Moss and Robyn Lyons-Robinson
  3. pp. 136-154
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  1. 10. Seeking Sponsors, Accumulating Literacies: Deborah Brandt and English Education
  2. Michael W. Smith
  3. pp. 155-165
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  1. 11. Combining Phenomenological and Sociohistoric Frameworks for Studying Literate Practices: Some Implications of Deborah Brandt’s Methodological Trajectory
  2. Paul Prior
  3. pp. 166-182
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  1. Part Three: Looking Forward at Literacy: The Global and Multimodal Future
  2. pp. 183-184
  1. 12. Beyond Literate Lives: Collaboration, Literacy Narratives, Transnational Connections, and Digital Media
  2. Cynthia L. Selfe and Gail E. Hawisher
  3. pp. 185-202
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  1. Epilogue: Literacy Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies with Notes on the Place of Deborah Brandt
  2. Harvey J. Graff
  3. pp. 203-226
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  1. Afterword
  2. Anne Ruggles Gere
  3. pp. 227-232
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 233-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-244
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. BC-BC
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