chapter  7
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Critical Text Production

Writing and Design

The importance of 'writing back' has been central to the work of post-colonial writers and theorists and has an established tradition in the field of literary analysis and production. Control over text production and the means of production are central to the critical literacy project for a number of reasons. While students are given access to the production of written text, in a genre important for education and in a powerful global language, they are allowed to transform the genre by the inclusion of an African language. Students can choose their audience from a networked community across the globe and multi-modal text production has become easier and more sophisticated with greater access to the new digital technologies. Imagining sees design as a blueprint for production in which there is’deliberateness about choosing the modes for representation, and the framing for that representation'.