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Bakhtinian Perspectives on Language, Literacy, and Learning


reviewed by Becky Flores — 2006

coverTitle: Bakhtinian Perspectives on Language, Literacy, and Learning
Author(s): Arnetha F. Ball and Sarah Warshauer Freedman (Eds.)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0521831059, Pages: 349, Year: 2004
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Arnetha F. Ball and Sarah Warshauer Freedman, editors of Bakhtinian Perspectives on Language, Literacy, and Learning, have an impressive aim: To help better prepare teachers and students for literacy learning in the twenty-first century. Underscored by Bakhtin’s heteroglossic notion of multivoiced discourses and a sense of ideological becoming in a changing world, at its core is an inherent sense of advocacy for praxis – a term with much currency for practitioners of critical pedagogy/literacy – one that offers a “framework for mediation, a way to consider the kinds of dialogues that could lead to change” (p. 28).  In this way, the book meets its mark. Yet, while the desire to authenticate the disenfranchised through critique of a singular, authoritative literacy is laudable, when so many of the contributors come from high-profile institutions such as Stanford, Brown, and Purdue, we might be forgiven for wondering if the text’s promise to be... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 91-95
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12072, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 7:57:12 PM

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  • Becky Flores
    Del Mar College, Corpus Christi
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    BECKY FLORES is an instructor of English at Del Mar College, Corpus Christi. Her Ph.D. dissertation theorizes a critical pedagogy for teaching college English drawn from Husserl, Derrida, and Bakhtin. She has published in TETYC and Radical Pedagogy, and studies French, German, and Spanish languages.
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