ENGL 632: Theories of Literacy
Spring 2017
Dr. Kim Jaxon
Wednesdays 6:00-8:50pm in ARTS 306A


Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 3:00-3:50, Tuesdays 11:00am-1:00pm, and by appointment (ARTS 262)

Course Description

Our course will introduce you to major discussions in the field of literacy studies: moving from the “Great Divide” debate to the turn to New Literacy Studies to current research in new media. We will think about the proposed connections between literacy and cognition, economics, schooling, and even happiness. We will also gather literacy accounts and make sense of our data and our literate experiences through the readings and discussions.

Required Materials:

  • The Rise of Writing: Redefining Mass Literacy by Deborah Brandt (Cambridge University Press 2014).
  • Other readings available as pdf or link.
  • If you have a laptop, please bring to class each time. We will do quite a bit of work in Google Docs.

Attendance and Class Participation: Come to class. All the time.

Determining Your Final Course Grade: 

Work with Readings 20%

Literacy Pilot Self Study 10%

Keyword Entry 15%

Oral Exam 20%

Proposal 5%

Literacy Project 30%

(see Assignment tab for descriptions)


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