In this cutting-edge volume, scholars from around the world connect affect theory to the field of literacy studies and unpack the role and influence of this emerging area of scholarship on literacy education. Offering an introduction to affect theory and scholarship as it relates to literacy studies, contributors discuss the role of humanizing and dehumanizing influences on schooling and examine the emotional and affective dimensions at individual and communal levels. Arguing that an affective turn requires a radical rethinking of the nature of literacy, these chapters address the impact and import of emotion and affect on reading, writing and calling to action. Grounded in trailblazing research, the contributors push the boundaries of academic writing and model how theoretically-driven writing about affect must itself be moving and expressive.
Part 1: Pedagogies
Movement 1. Pedagogy under the Waterline of Perceived Value
Chapter 1. Affective Flows in the Clinic and the Classroom
Chapter 2. Propositions for a Radical Pedagogy, or How to Rethink Value
Chapter 3. Charlene’s Puppies: Embarrassing Obsessions or Vibrant Matter Entangled in Ethical Literacies?
Part 2: Politics
Movement 2. Uninterpretable Politics in Literacy Research and Practice
Chapter 4. Visceral Literacies, Political Intensities: Affect as Critical Potential in Literacy Research and Practice
Chapter 5. Assembling Desire, Love, and Affect in an Art Museum School
Jonathan Eakle and Tatiana I. Sanguinette
Chapter 6. ‘It’s something that requires passion’: After-echoes of the Ethnic Studies Ban
Alyssa D. Niccolini
Chapter 7. Thinking and feeling the interval: A few movements of a ‘transnational’ family
Ana Christina da Silva and Kevin Leander
Part 3: Coming to Know
Movement 3. Affectively Charged Foldings of Literacy and Coming to Know
Chapter 8. Why a More Human Literacy Studies must be Posthuman: Encountering Writing During and after the Holocaust
Christian Ehret and Daniella D’Amico
Chapter 9. Affective Sketches: Writing, Drawing, and Living with Analysis
Ty Hollett and Jaclyn Dudek
Chapter 10. Coded to Smithereens and Danced to Abstraction: Forms of Affect in the Industry of Research
Chapter 11. Telling Stories Out of Class: Three Movements in a Reach for Affect
The Expanding Literacies in Education Series features books that highlight the changing landscape and explore new directions and theoretical tools in literacy studies as it is transforming education—including material, embodied, affective, and global emphases; digital and virtual worlds; and transcultural and cosmopolitan spaces. Some books in the series locate emerging literacies in practices that extend or trouble their historical uses and functions. Others cross disciplinary borders, bringing new epistemologies to bear on evolving practices that question the very foundations of literacy scholarship. Polemical and forward-looking, encompassing public and vernacular pedagogies as well as formal education, these books engage researchers, graduate students, and teacher educators with new and emerging theoretical approaches to literacy practices in all of their complexities, challenges, and possibilities.