By Ramona Fernandez
Defining the "common wisdom" a "literate" individual may still own has provoked extreme debate ever because the book of E. D. Hirsch's arguable e-book Cultural Literacy: What each American must Know. but the elemental proposal of "common knowledge," Ramona Fernandez argues, is a Eurocentric version ill-suited to a society composed of many unique cultures and lots of neighborhood knowledges.
In this publication, Fernandez decodes the ideological assumptions that underlie triumphing versions of cultural literacy as she deals new methods of imagining and modeling combined cultural and non-print literacies. particularly, she demanding situations the biases inherent within the "encyclopedias" of information promulgated via E. D. Hirsch and others, by means of Disney World's EPCOT middle, and via the Smithsonian establishment. unlike those, she areas the writings of Zora Neale Hurston, Maxine Hong Kingston, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Leslie Marmon Silko, whose works version a cultural literacy that weaves connections throughout many neighborhood knowledges and plenty of methods of knowing.
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Imagining Literacy: Rhizomes of Knowledge in American Culture and Literature by Ramona Fernandez