The essays, research studies, and pedagogical examples in this book provide a window into the embodied dimensions of literacy and a toolbox for interpreting, building on, and inquiring into the range of ways people communicate and express themselves as literate beings. The contributors investigate and reflect on the complexities of embodied literacies, honoring literacy learners and teachers as they holistically engage with texts in complex sociopolitical, historical, and cultural contexts. Considering these issues within a multiplicity of education spaces and literacy events inside and outside of institutional contexts, the book offers a fresh lens and rhetoric with which to address literacy education policies, giving readers a discursive repertoire necessary to develop and defend responsive curricula within an increasingly high-stakes, standardized schooling climate.

part I|37 pages

Why Bodies Matter in Literacy Research

chapter 1|17 pages


Assembling Research on Literacies and the Body

chapter 2|18 pages

Inscription, Erasure, Embodiment

Literacy Research and Bodies of Knowledge

part II|33 pages

Disciplined Literacies, Disciplined Bodies

chapter 3|16 pages

Reader Response and Embodied Performance

Body-Poems as Performative Response and Performativity 1

chapter 4|15 pages

Disciplined within a Discipline

English Teachers Are Bound to Be Human Bodies

part III|79 pages

Living Literacies, Feeling Bodies

chapter 5|15 pages

When the Body Acquires Pedagogy and it Hurts

Discursive Practices and Material Affects of Round Robin Reading

chapter 6|15 pages

Shrinking in, Spilling out, and Living Through

Affective Energy as Multimodal Literacies

chapter 8|14 pages

Racialized Bodies as Lived Experiences

How Phenomenology Might Offer Literacy Studies Another Perspective on the Body

chapter 9|16 pages

Moving Off-Screen

Pathways for Understanding an Adolescent's Embodied Experience of New Media Making

part IV|66 pages

Bodies as Social Texts

chapter 10|15 pages

Race and Rag Dolls

Critically Engaging the Embodiment of Diversity in Lalaloopsy Transmedia

chapter 11|12 pages

Traditionally Marginalized Bodies Making Space

Through Embodied Literacy Performances

chapter 12|23 pages

Drawing Teachers in a Language Arts Methods Course

Images of Teachers, Literacy, and Pedagogy

chapter 13|14 pages

“What Kind of Woman are you?”

Performing Decency and Motherhood Behind Bars

part V|49 pages

Pervasive Bodies, Indeterminate Literacies

chapter 14|15 pages

Bodies with and without Organs

Literacies of a True Crime Sex and Violence Drama

chapter 15|16 pages


Teachers' Bureaucratic Habitus and Disciplinary Writing in Three South African Schools

chapter 16|16 pages

Resisting the Script

Assuming Embodiment in Literacy Education

part VI|9 pages


chapter 17|7 pages

On Literacies, Learning, and Bodies

Theorizing, Researching, and Imagining Pedagogies