1st Edition

Critical Memetic Literacies in English Education How Do You Meme?

Edited By Leah Panther, Darren Crovitz Copyright 2024
    266 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    266 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection introduces English and literacy educators to the theoretical, research-based, and practical dimensions of using digital memetic texts—“memes”—in the classroom. Digital memetic texts come with new affordances, particularly as avenues for student creativity, voice, and advocacy. But these texts can also be put to manipulative, propagandistic, and nefarious purposes, posing critical challenges to an informed, democratic citizenry. Grounded in multimodality and critical literacy, this book investigates the fascinating digital dimension of texts, audiences, and meaning, and considers how English educators might take up these conversations in practical ways with students. With authentic examples from teachers and students, this volume provides a road map to researchers and educators—both preservice and in-service—interested in critical and productive uses of these modern phenomena.


    List of Contributors


    1. Historical Damage, Modern Resonances, and Speculative Futures: English Education through Memes
    2. Part One. A Critical Memetic Curriculum

      Introduction: Rethinking Reading in a Critical Memetic Curriculum

    3. Making "Meme"ing: Questions for Critical Memetic Inquiry in High School English Classrooms
    4. Critical Media Analysis through Memes: Considerations and Applications for ELA Classrooms
    5. Mimetic Masculinities: Young Men of Color Analyze Anime Texts They Love
    6. The Meme Museum: Depictions and Analysis of COVID-19 with High School Students
    7. Part Two. Multimodal Composing with Memetic Texts

      Introduction: Deconstructing Purposes and Outcomes for Composing

    8. Socially Conscious Memetics Through a Culturally Digitized Pedagogy Lens
    9. Young People Reading and Writing the World through Meme Curation, Creation, and Critical Conversation
    10. Critical Memetic Analysis as Testimony: Restorying Memes as Healing Pedagogies
    11. What do you Meme? Using Memes for Argument Construction and Understanding
    12. We’re not Joking Anymore: Context, Audiences, and Memetics
    13. Part Three. Memetics and Language

      Introduction: Critiquing Linguicism with Critical Memetic Language Study

    14. Using Memes to Teach Linguistic Concepts in the ELA Classroom
    15. "I want to use my voice": Youth Literacies Disrupting Critical Memetic Analysis
    16. Part Four. Memes and Community Identities

      Introduction: Transgression and Control

    17. Framing Critical Memetic Literacy: Helping Students Grapple with Manipulative Memes
    18. Repurposing Problematic Memes in a Middle School Superhero Storytelling Project
    19. The Plagiarism Paradox: Memes, Originality, and Authorship

    Key Terms



    Leah Panther is an assistant professor of Literacy Education at Mercer University, USA. She has been a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) since 2008 and is a former middle school teacher.

    Darren Crovitz is a professor of English and English Education at Kennesaw State University, USA. He regularly presents at the NCTE conference and is a former high school teacher.