The Legacies of Literacy Studies

  • Harvey Graff The Ohio State University
Keywords: literacy studies, multiliteracies


In typical formulations, literacy studies embrace two more-or-less opposing positions: that of “many literacies” and that of dangerously low levels of literacy, their causes and their consequences. When conceptualized complexly—not the most common practice—their contradictory relationships form part of our subject of inquiry and part of the challenge for explication and explanation.

Author Biography

Harvey Graff, The Ohio State University

Harvey J. Graff is Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies & Professor of English and History at The Ohio State University. His research interests include the history of literacy, urban history and urban studies, and the history of children, adolescents, and youth.