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Literacy Practices and Perceptions of Agency

Composing Identities

By Bronwyn T. Williams

© 2018 – Routledge

200 pages

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In this book, Bronwyn T. Williams explores how perceptions of agency—whether a person perceives and feels able to read and write successfully in a given context—are critical in terms of how people perform their literate identities. Drawing on interviews and observations with students in several countries, he examines the intersections of the social and the personal in relation to how and, crucially, why people engage successfully or struggle painfully in literacy practices and what factors and forces they regard as enabling or constraining their actions. Recognizing such moments and patterns can help teachers and researchers rethink their approaches to teaching to facilitate students’ sense of agency as writers and readers.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Introduction: Perceiving Agency in Literacy Practices

Chapter Two – A Feeling for Literacy: Emotions and Dispositions

Chapter Three – We Are Our Stories: Literacy, Memory and Narrative

Chapter Four – Writing for the World: Motivation, Control, and Meaning

Chapter Five – Respect and Response: Literacy, Relationships and Community

Chapter Six – Strange New Worlds: Rhetorical Knowledge

Chapter Seven - A Sense of Where You Are: Literacy, Place and Mobility

Chapter Eight – The Stuff that Literacy Practices Are Made Of: Technology

Chapter Nine – Metamorphosis Hurts: Literacy, Transformation and Resistance

Chapter Ten – Agency in, and Beyond, the Literacy Classroom


About the Author

Bronwyn T. Williams is Professor of English and Director of the University Writing Center, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities