Literacy and Historical Development A Reader

ISBN-10: 0809327821
ISBN-13: 9780809327829
Edition: 2007
Authors: Harvey J. Graff
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Description: Representing three decades of research,Literacy and Historical Development: A Readerpresents some of the most important historical scholarship on literacy in Europe and the United States. The approaches, research, and conclusions reflected in this  More...

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List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 12/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Representing three decades of research,Literacy and Historical Development: A Readerpresents some of the most important historical scholarship on literacy in Europe and the United States. The approaches, research, and conclusions reflected in this collection of fifteen essays has changed how historians and many others conceptualize literacy and represents a body of scholarship that is transforming both contemporary and historical literacy theories. nbsp; In this revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking volumeLiteracy and Social Development in the West,editor Harvey J. Graff provides a new introduction and nine new essays by nationally and internationally renowned contributors from a range of disciplines. Replacing an unquestioned certainty that literacy’s powers are universal, independent, and determinative, Graff brings together studies that support new concepts, contending that the importance and influences of literacy depend on specific social and historical contexts, the impacts of literacy are mediated and restricted, the effects of literacy are social and particular, and the role of literacy must be understood within the burgeoning array of communication technologies.

Harvey J. Graff is Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and Professor of English and History, Ohio State University, and the author of The Legacies of Literacy: Continuities and Contradictions in Western Society and Culture.

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Literacy, Myths, and Legacies: Lessons from the History of Literacy
Literate and Illiterate; Hearing and Seeing: England, 1066-1307
Some Conjectures about the Impact of Printing on Western Society and Thought: A Preliminary Report
The Importance of Being Printed
Printing and the People: Early Modern France
Oral Culture and the Diffusion of Reformation Ideas
The Literacy Myth? Illiteracy in Scotland, 1630-1760
First Steps in Literacy: The Reading and Writing Experiences of the Humblest Seventeenth-Century Spiritual Autobiographers
The History of Literacy in Sweden
Growth of Literacy in Colonial America: Longitudinal Patterns, Economic Models, and the Direction of Future Research
Dimensions of Illiteracy in England, 1750-1850
''We Slipped and Learned to Read": Slave Accounts of the Literacy Process, 1830-1865
Sense and Sensibility: A Case Study of Women's Reading in Late-Victorian America
Sponsors of Literacy
"Welcome to the Jam": Popular Culture, School Literacy, and the Making of Childhoods
Bibliography of the History of Literacy in Western Europe and North America
Contributors
Index

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