Signs of Diaspora / Diaspora of Signs: Literacies, Creolization, and Vernacular Practice in African America

Portada
Oxford University Press, 1998 M07 30 - 304 páginas
Challenging monolithic approaches to culture and literacy, this book looks at the roots of African-American reading and writing from the perspective of vernacular activities and creolization. It shows that African-Americans, while readily mastering the conventions and canons of Euro-America, also drew on knowledge of their own to make an oppositional repertoire of signs and meanings. Distinct from conventional script literacy on the one hand, and oral culture on the other, these "creolized" vernacular practices include writing in charms, use of personal or nondecodable scripts, the strategic renunciation of reading and writing as communicative tools, and writing that is linked to divination, trance, and possession. Based on extensive ethnographic research in the Southeastern United States and the West Indies, Gundaker offers a complex portrait of the intersection of "outsider" conventions with "insider" knowledge and practice.
 

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Conventional Literacy and Vernacular Practice
3
2 Creolization Double Voicing Double Vision
15
3 African Scripts Graphic Practices and Contexts of Learning and Use
33
A Transatlantic Network
63
5 Narratives of Literacy Acquisition and Use
95
6 Alternative Modes of Participation with Text and Artifacts of Literacy
123
7 Contrasting and Complementary Scripts and Graphic Signs
163
Notes
201
References
237
Index
279
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