I think that is absolutely true that narratives create form, meaning, and wider understanding.  Recent scientific studies have shown what many rhetoricians, politicians, and writers have known for a long time – that putting a human face/human voice on a ‘problem’ or ‘issue’ increases the likelihood that a listener or reader will respond in the […]

I have a bit of a hard time swallowing most of Gee’s platonic argument – that literacy is dependent on correct interpretations from the source of any given piece of writing in order for it to be understood/processed/applicable. I point to Roland Barthe’s “Death of the Author”: while there is absolutely a social teaching that […]

Trying to decide what I will be doing for my research project has been the most difficult part of this internship for me.  When faced with the overwhelming number of possibilities and problems that one runs into while doing this kind of work, narrowing it down into something manageable seems almost impossible.  At first I […]

  In regards to how talk works in my group at the Turning Point Boys House, the experience is quite different than it is in the Phenomenal Women, Inc. group.  While there is a set agenda for each meeting in our group the way that talking functions is different.  It seems to fit into the […]

I think that Deborah Brandt’s definition of a literary sponsor is important to take apart and think about.  She defines a sponsor as: “…any agents, local or distant, concrete or abstract, who enable, support, teach, and model, as well as recruit, regulate, suppress, or withhold, literacy—and gain advantage by it in some way….sponsors set the […]

Recently I read a paper by Higgins, Long and Flower about their community literacy work in the Pittsburgh area.  While I by no means believe that literacy is solely defined as possessing the ability to read and write (as one can be literate in many different ways, either through specialized knowledge or labor) I was […]

I’m a non-traditional literature major at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.  When I’m not going to class or studying I work as a janitor at a local tattoo parlor.  In my free time I like to read, write, listen to music, and I recently started learning how to fly fish. Apart from the […]