Literacy of the Other

Renarrating Humanity

By Aparna Mishra Tarc

Subjects: Literacy Studies, Literature, Literary Criticism, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies
Series: SUNY series, Transforming Subjects: Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Studies in Education
Paperback : 9781438457482, 172 pages, July 2016
Hardcover : 9781438457475, 172 pages, September 2015

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Table of contents

Introduction: Literacy of the Other
1. Fictive Readings
2. Literary Stirrings: The Inner Life of Literacy
3. Projecting Humanity: Tarzan of the Apes Learns to Read and Write
4. Inside Reading: J. M. Coetzee’s “The Problem of Evil”
5. Healing Language: Beloved, Literacy, and the “Other”
6. Before and After Words

Explores the existential significance of literacy.


Winner of the 2017 American Educational Research Association's Division B Outstanding Book Award

Literary of the Other stages a bold psychoanalytic investigation into the existential significance of literacy. Featuring a dazzling array of novel artifacts and events, the book situates literacy in the internal fictive worlds of the self and other. This approach is designed to encourage teachers of language and literature to sustain reflexive thought in their practices of reading and writing as a means to gain insight into the psychical processes of literacy. With lucid and compelling prose, Aparna Mishra Tarc reminds us of the importance of fostering a meaningful practice of literacy in the construction of real and fictive stories by which to live well throughout our lives. Renarrating many versions of a shared humanity might develop in us all a sympathetic regard for the storied lives of others.

Aparna Mishra Tarc is Associate Professor of Education at York University.