The Legacies of Literacy

The Legacies of Literacy

Continuities and Contradictions in Western Culture and Society
Harvey J. Graff
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/22/1987
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20598-8
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An AESA Critics' Choice Award Winner

This book will be a monumental contribution to the topic and a staple of scholarship for decades." —Michael B. Katz

A remarkable volume of critical synthesis and passionate revisionism." —Journal of Economic History

... ambitious and stimulating... required reading not only for social historians but also for policy-makers and activists." —Histoire Sociale

Clearly an important book... marks a significant point in the history of literacy studies." —History of Education Quarterly

A stimulating challenge to traditional assumptions and scholarly commonplaces." —Journal of Communication

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Table of Contents


Part One: Setting the Stage

Introduction: Literacy’s Legacies
1. The Origins of Western Leteracy
1. From Writing to Literacy
2. Literacy’s First Legacies: From Athens Rome, and Beyond

Part Two: Before the Printing Press: The Middle Ages
2. Th Light of Literacy in the "Dark Ages"
1. Fifth-Seventh Centuries
2. Seventh Century
3. Eighth Century
4. Ninth-Tenth Centuries

3. New Lights of Literacy and Learning: From the Tenth-Eleventh to the Thirteenth Centuries
1. Italy and Commercial Revolution
2. The Church, Papacy, and Schools
3. Patterns of Literacy
4. Thought, Theory, and Practice

4. Ends and Beginnings: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
1. Humanism and the Italian Renaissance
2. Continental Conditions in Literacy
3. The English Example

5. Print, Protest, and the People
1. The Advent and Impact of Print
2. Renaissance(s) Revisited
3. Print, Reform, and Reformation
4. Reforming Literacy Provision

6. Toward Enlightenment/Toward Modernity: 1660-1780
1. Thinking about Literacy and Schooling
2. Patterns of Literacy: Paths to Literacy

Part Four: Toward the Present and the Future

7. The Nineteenth-Century Origins of Our Times
1. The Setting
2. Literacy’s Paths and Patterns

Epilogue: Today and Tomorrow: Revisioning Literacy
1. Twentieth-Century Trends in Literacy Levels
2. Imputed Impacts and Consequences; or, Great and Other Dichotomies
3. A Crisis in Literacy?
4. Literacy, Culture, and Society: Communications and the Future of