Reading Literacy Narratives

Janet Carey Eldred, Peter Mortensen

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Literacy Narratives in Composition [..] what we call literacy narratives are those stories, like Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, that foreground issues of language acquisition and literacy. These narratives are structured by learned, internalized 'literacy tropes'[...] Literacy narratives sometimes include explicit images of schooling and teaching; they include texts that both challenge and affirm culturally scripted ideas about literacy.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)512-539
Number of pages28
JournalCollege English
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • literacy
  • written narratives
  • theater
  • cultural literacy
  • College English
  • alphabets
  • geographic regions
  • narrative modes
  • pronunciation


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