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Posthumanism and Literacy Education

Knowing/Becoming/Doing Literacies, 1st Edition

Edited by Candace R. Kuby, Karen Spector, Jaye Johnson Thiel


254 pages | 83 B/W Illus.

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Covering key terms and concepts in the emerging field of posthumanism and literacy education, this volume investigates posthumanism, not as a lofty theory, but as a materialized way of knowing/becoming/doing the world. The contributors explore the ways that posthumanism helps educators better understand how students, families, and communities come to know/become/do literacies with other humans and nonhumans. Illustrative examples show how posthumanist theories are put to work in and out of school spaces as pedagogies and methodologies in literacy education. With contributions from a range of scholars, from emerging to established, and from both U.S. and international settings, the volume covers literacy practices from pre-K to adult literacy across various contexts. Chapter authors not only wrestle with methodological tensions in doing posthumanist research, but also situate it within pedagogies of teaching literacies. Inviting readers to pause, slow down, and consider posthumanist ways of thinking about agency, intra-activity, subjectivity, and affect, this book explores and experiments with new ways of seeing, understanding, and defining literacies, and allows readers to experience and intra-act with the book in ways more traditional (re)presentations do not.


"This ‘full throated appeal to intra-act with posthumanist ideas’ moves bodies, shifts ideas, and unsettles assumptions. Thinking literacy education, together with critical, decolonial, Indigenous and feminist new materialist scholarship, highlights the violence of making ‘cuts too small’ when it comes to how we consider literacy practices, and cuts that exclude and marginalise. This collection invites us to imagine and speculate on what knowing/being/doing literacies are or could be."

--Abigail Hackett, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

"This book is fascinating—each chapter is compelling and challenges the reader to consider what it means to live, learn and be/become literate. Constructed with great care, critical concepts from post humanist thinking are given deep consideration and then playfully remixed through diffractive composings and monstrous mutations."

--Pam Whitty, University of New Brunswick, Canada

Table of Contents

Preface: Overview of Chapters and (Un)Structure of Book

Candace R. Kuby, Karen Spector, and Jaye Johnson Thiel

Cuts Too Small: An Introduction

Candace R. Kuby, Karen Spector, and Jaye Johnson Thiel

Part 1: Agency

Jaye Johnson Thiel, Candace R. Kuby, and Karen Spector

Chapter 1. Threads and Fingerprints: Diffractive Writings and Readings of Place

Teri Holbrook and Susan Ophelia Cannon

Chapter 2. A Thebuwa Hauntology, From Silence to Speech: Reconfiguring Literacy Practices

Denise Newfield and Vivienne Bozalek

Chapter 3. Careful! There Are Monsters in This Chapter: Posthuman Ethical Considerations in Literacy Practice

Jaye Johnson Thiel and Candace R. Kuby

Diffracting: The Ungraspable In-Between of Posthuman Literacies

Karen Spector and Briana G. Kidd

Part 2: Intra-Action and Entanglement

Candace R. Kuby, Jaye Johnson Thiel, and Karen Spector

Chapter 4. The Untimely Death of a Bird: A Posthuman Tale

Christopher M. Schulte

Chapter 5. Reading Acts: Books, Activisms, and an Autopoietic Politics

Alyssa D. Niccolini

Chapter 6. Étienne Souriau and Educational Literacy Research as an Instaurative Event

Petra Mikulan

Diffracting: Human Limbs, Dead Birds, Active Books, and Bucking Horses: The Work to-be-Made of Literacies in the Present

Stephanie Jones

Monster Mutation: The First Mutation: Sliding Into Summer

Jaye Johnson Thiel

Part 3: Subjectivity

Karen Spector, Candace R. Kuby, and Jaye Johnson Thiel

Chapter 7. Lives, Lines, and Spacetimemattering: An Intra-Active Analysis of a ‘Once OK’ Adult Writer

Jon M. Wargo

Chapter 8. Collage Pedagogy: Toward a Posthuman Racial Literacy

Asilia Franklin-Phipps and Courtney L. Rath

Chapter 9. Choosing a Picturebook as Provocation in Teacher Education: The ‘Posthuman Family’

Karin Murris

Diffracting: Posthuman Literacies in a Minor Language: Expressions-to-Come

Lisa A. Mazzei and Alecia Y. Jackson

Monster Mutation The Second Mutation: The Workshop Approach for Reading and Writing Instruction

Candace R. Kuby

Part 4: Affect

Karen Spector, Jaye Johnson Thiel, and Candace R. Kuby

Chapter 10. The Posthuman Condition of Ethics in Early Childhood Literacy: Order-in(g) Be(e)ing Literacy

Vicki Hargraves

Chapter 11. Encountering Waste Landscapes: More-Than-Human Place Literacies in Early Childhood Education

Fikile Nxumalo and Jessica Cira Rubin

Chapter 12. Abductions

Karen Spector and Kelly W. Guyotte

Diffracting: Theory That Cats Have About Swift Louseflies: A Distractive Response

Pauliina Rautio

Monster Mutation: The Third Mutation: An Invitation of Being-With Monsters, Care-fully, Response-ably

Jaye Johnson Thiel and Candace R. Kuby

About the Editors

Candace R. Kuby is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Missouri, USA.

Karen Spector is Associate Professor of Secondary Education Language Arts at the University of Alabama, USA.

Jaye Johnson Thiel is a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Georgia, USA.

About the Series

Expanding Literacies in Education

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects