Regrounding Critical Literacy

Representation, Facts and Reality

Authored by: Allan Luke

Theoretical Models and Processes of Literacy

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138087262
eBook ISBN: 9781315110592
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Since the turn towards language and discourse in the social sciences in the past three decades, it has become increasingly rare for writers to refer to ‘reality' or ‘facts' without using single or double quote marks. For the conventional wisdom is, indeed, that realities are socially constructed by human beings through discourse. This has been complicated historically by the degree to which new media and expressive forms managed to blur, simulate, and disrupt Aristotelian distinctions between art and life, between image and object, between sign and signified, between discourse and representation. The concept of mimesis introduced in Aristotle's Poetics (1997), after all, depended on the independent existence of the object to be artistically represented. The risk always has been that bloggers and journalists, political and civic leaders, teachers and students alike are left unmoored to social or material reality, to work in a relativist universe of competing significations with no fixed epistemological grounds – with education reduced to a hall of intertextual mirrors.

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