Literacy Narrative(s) and Human Dignity; Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC / 4Cs); Deadline 4/22

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Nicole duPlessis / Texas A&M University
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This panel submission to the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) will examine literacy narratives (broadly defined) that show a link between human dignity and the acquisition or practice of literacy (reading or writing), or the influence of literacy on interpersonal communication and relationships. In particular, we are interested in

*Links (positive or negative) between literacy (the ability to read and/or write) and human dignity

*Portrayals in narrative fiction or creative nonfiction of the acts of reading and writing as a means to understanding of human dignity

*Literate techniques of interaction ("reading" others' actions or personalities) as a means of humanizing or dehumanizing the Other

Abstracts that address works of fiction or film and using theoretical works by literacy theorists (Walter Ong, Marshall McLuhan, Harvey Graff, Shirley Brice Heath, for example) are particularly welcome.

Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Nicole duPlessis ( no later than Wednesday, April 22.