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Introduction

This book is about how we imagine what literacy is and how we think about the roles it plays in our lives. Hannah More was a strenuous advocate for literacy education in the eighteenth century. Her views offer a moral yardstick for literacy and curriculum that few would espouse today and yet the issues she identifies of danger, functionality and conformity, the purposes and attitudes she expresses, still resonate in our approaches to literacy.1