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Literacies, learning, and the body: putting theory and research into pedagogical practice

Literacies, learning, and the body: putting theory and research into pedagogical practice

Enriquez, Grace, editor; Johnson, Elisabeth, editor; Kontovourki, Stavroula, editor; Mallozzi, Christine A., editor

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, honouring literacy learners and teachers as they holistically engage with texts in complex sociopolitical, historical, and cultural contexts

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Routledge, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Grace Enriquez, Elisabeth Johnson, Stavroula Kontovourki, and Christine A. Mallozzi
ISBN: 1138906212, 9781138906211
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 304 pages : illustrations (black and white).
Series: Expanding literacies in education
Subject: Literacy Social aspects.; Media Studies.; Literacy.; Literacy Research.
Series Title: Expanding literacies in education.


  1. Preface
  2. Part One: Why Bodies Matter in Literacy Research
  3. Introduction: Assembling Research on Literacies and the Body - Elisabeth Johnson and Stavroula Kontovourki
  4. Inscription, Erasure, Embodiment: Literacy Research and Bodies of Knowledge - Marjorie Siegel
  5. Part Two: Disciplined Literacies, Disciplined Bodies
  6. Reader Response and Embodied Performance: Body-Poems as Performative Response and Performativity - Grace Enriquez
  7. Disciplined within a Discipline: English Teachers are Bound to Be Human Bodies - Christine A. Mallozzi
  8. Part Three: Living Literacies, Feeling Bodies
  9. When the Body Acquires Pedagogy and it Hurts: Discursive Practices and Material Affects of Round Robin Reading - Stephanie Jones
  10. Shrinking In, Spilling Out, and Living Through: Affective Energy as Multimodal Literacies - Jaye Johnson Thiel
  11. Literacy, Emotion, and the Teaching/Learning Body - Cynthia Lewis and Anne Crampton
  12. Racialized Bodies as Lived Experiences: How Phenomenology Might Offer Literacy Studies a New Perspective on the Body - Hilary E. Hughes
  13. Moving Off-Screen: Pathways for Understanding an Adolescent's Embodied Experience of New Media Making - Christian Ehret
  14. Part Four: Bodies as Social Texts
  15. Race and Rag Dolls: Critically Engaging the Embodiment of Diversity in Lalaloopsy Transmedia - Karen E. Wohlwend and Ted Hall
  16. Traditionally Marginalized Bodies Making Space Through Embodied Literacy Performances - Mollie V. Blackburn
  17. Drawing Teachers in a Language Arts Methods Course: Images of Teachers, Literacy, & Pedagogy - Anne Swenson Ticknor
  18. "What Kind of Woman are You?": Performing Decency and Motherhood Behind Bars - Rachel Oppenheim
  19. Part Five: Pervasive Bodies, Indeterminate Literacies
  20. Bodies With and Without Organs: Literacies of a True Crime Sex and Violence Drama - A. Jonathan Eakle
  21. Dead-lines: Teachers' Bureaucratic Habitus and Disciplinary Writing in Three South African Schools - Kerryn Dixon and Jacqui Dornbrack
  22. Resisting Embodiment: Questions within Education and a Street-Youth Performance - Amanda C. Wager and Mia Perry
  23. Part Six: Conclusion
  24. On Literacies, Learning, and the Body: Theorizing, Researching, and Imagining Pedagogies - Elisabeth Johnson and Grace Enriquez

Author note

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

Elisabeth Johnsonis 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. Mallozziis Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, University of Kentucky, USA.