The Uncanny, digital texts and literacy

Carrington, Victoria (2005) The Uncanny, digital texts and literacy. Language and Education, 19 (6). pp. 467-482. ISSN 0950-0782

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Literacy is one of the binding threads of modern society. Print text and literacy are irretrievably intertwined with many of the core themes of industrial society: family, gender, nation state. In the shift to new digital technologies, changing sociocultural landscapes and new theoretical frames, the growing difficulty in defining and delineating literacy is one of the core discussions of contemporary literacy politics. The familiarity and centrality of print-based literacy and the often-unseen social practices and hierarchies attached to it make text and literacy a strong candidate for Freud’s Das Unheimliche. Consequently, the notion of ‘the uncanny’ speaks to the sudden unfamiliarity of the literacy practices and texts of young people around digital technologies, both in terms of the anxiety caused by the unexpectedly unfamiliar and for the increasing fuzziness of the concepts of text and literacy. This paper therefore borrows the notion of the uncanny from Freud to consider the reading, remixing, production and dissemination of digital text by children of school age. While these practices are familiar social and technical processes for many children, they are uncanny and unsettling for many educators and policy-makers in their roles as representatives of the social institution of school.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital literacies,digital text,literacy,text,uncanny
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Critical Cultural Studies In Education
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2014 13:26
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2024 01:26
DOI: 10.1080/09500780508668698

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