1st Edition

Literacies, Learning, and the Body Putting Theory and Research into Pedagogical Practice

    306 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The essays, research studies, and pedagogical examples in this book provide a window into the embodied dimensions of literacy and a toolbox for interpreting, building on, and inquiring into the range of ways people communicate and express themselves as literate beings. The contributors investigate and reflect on the complexities of embodied literacies, honoring literacy learners and teachers as they holistically engage with texts in complex sociopolitical, historical, and cultural contexts. Considering these issues within a multiplicity of education spaces and literacy events inside and outside of institutional contexts, the book offers a fresh lens and rhetoric with which to address literacy education policies, giving readers a discursive repertoire necessary to develop and defend responsive curricula within an increasingly high-stakes, standardized schooling climate.


    Part One: Why Bodies Matter in Literacy Research

      1. Introduction: Assembling Research on Literacies and the Body - Elisabeth Johnson and Stavroula Kontovourki
      2. Inscription, Erasure, Embodiment: Literacy Research and Bodies of Knowledge - Marjorie Siegel
      3. Part Two: Disciplined Literacies, Disciplined Bodies

      4. Reader Response and Embodied Performance: Body-Poems as Performative Response and Performativity - Grace Enriquez
      5. Disciplined within a Discipline: English Teachers are Bound to Be Human Bodies - Christine A. Mallozzi
      6. Part Three: Living Literacies, Feeling Bodies

      7. When the Body Acquires Pedagogy and it Hurts: Discursive Practices and Material Affects of Round Robin Reading - Stephanie Jones
      8. Shrinking In, Spilling Out, and Living Through: Affective Energy as Multimodal Literacies - Jaye Johnson Thiel
      9. Literacy, Emotion, and the Teaching/Learning Body - Cynthia Lewis and Anne Crampton
      10. Racialized Bodies as Lived Experiences: How Phenomenology Might Offer Literacy Studies a New Perspective on the Body - Hilary E. Hughes
      11. Moving Off-Screen: Pathways for Understanding an Adolescent’s Embodied Experience of New Media Making - Christian Ehret
      12. Part Four: Bodies as Social Texts

      13. Race and Rag Dolls: Critically Engaging the Embodiment of Diversity in Lalaloopsy Transmedia - Karen E. Wohlwend and Ted Hall
      14. Traditionally Marginalized Bodies Making Space Through Embodied Literacy Performances - Mollie V. Blackburn
      15. Drawing Teachers in a Language Arts Methods Course: Images of Teachers, Literacy, & Pedagogy - Anne Swenson Ticknor
      16. "What Kind of Woman are You?": Performing Decency and Motherhood Behind Bars - Rachel Oppenheim
      17. Part Five: Pervasive Bodies, Indeterminate Literacies

      18. Bodies With and Without Organs: Literacies of a True Crime Sex and Violence Drama - A. Jonathan Eakle
      19. Dead-lines: Teachers’ Bureaucratic Habitus and Disciplinary Writing in Three South African Schools - Kerryn Dixon and Jacqui Dornbrack
      20. Resisting Embodiment: Questions within Education and a Street-Youth Performance - Amanda C. Wager and Mia Perry
      21. Part Six: Conclusion

      22. On Literacies, Learning, and the Body: Theorizing, Researching, and Imagining Pedagogies – Elisabeth Johnson and Grace Enriquez


    Grace Enriquez is Associate Professor, Language and Literacy Division, Lesley University, USA.

    Elisabeth Johnson is Associate Professor, Literacy, St. Edward's University in Austin, TX, USA.

    Stavroula Kontovourki is Lecturer, Literacy and Language Arts Education, University of Cyprus.

    Christine A. Mallozzi is Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, University of Kentucky, USA.