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

ISBN-10: 0195107691
ISBN-13: 9780195107692
Authors: Grey Gundaker
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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 divinaton,…    

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Binding: Hardcover Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated Number of pages: 304 Dimensions: 6.50" wide x 9.29" long x 0.98" tall Weight: 0.990 lbs.