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The uncanny, digital texts and literacy


Carrington, V, The uncanny, digital texts and literacy, Language and Education, 19, (6) pp. 467-482. ISSN 0950-0782 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/09500780508668698


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:digital literacies, digital text, literacy, text, uncanny
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:Carrington, V (Professor Victoria Carrington)
ID Code:144463
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-05-25
Last Modified:2021-07-29

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