Mestiz@ Scripts, Digital Migrations, and the Territories of Writing

Hardcover | May 15, 2008

byDamián Baca

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Conventional scholarship on written communication positions the Western alphabet as a precondition for literacy. Thus, pictographic, non-verbal writing practices of Mesoamerica remain obscured by representations of lettered speech. This book examines how contemporary Mestiz@ scripts challenge alphabetic dominance, thereby undermining the colonized territories of "writing." Strategic weavings of Aztec and European inscription systems not only promote historically-grounded accounts of how recorded information is expressed across cultures, but also speak to emerging studies on "visual/multimodal" education. Baca-Espinosa argues that Mestiz@ literacies advance "new" ways of reading and writing, applicable to diverse classrooms of the twenty-first century.

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Conventional scholarship on written communication positions the Western alphabet as a precondition for literacy. Thus, pictographic, non-verbal writing practices of Mesoamerica remain obscured by representations of lettered speech. This book examines how contemporary Mestiz@ scripts challenge alphabetic dominance, thereby undermining t...

Damián Baca-Espinosa is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing, Chicano-Latino Studies, and American Indian Studies at Michigan State University. He earned his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2006.  
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.33 × 5.73 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023060515X

ISBN - 13:9780230605152

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Table of Contents

Mestiz@ Scripts and the Rhetoric of Subversion * New Consciousness/Ancient Myths * Mestiz@: A Brief History, from Mexicatl to Chican@ * Codex Scripts of Resistance: From Columbus to the Border Patrol * The Spreading of Color: Sacred Scripts and the Genesis of the Rio Grande * Gloria Anzaldúa and the Territories of Writing * Thinking and Teaching across Borders and Hemispheres