Literacy and Publicity: A Forum on the DALN by Brittny M. Byrom

by: Brittny M. Byrom

Have you checked-out the latest issue of Composition Forum? The DALN was the subject of fantastic analysis in four published articles in Composition Forum’s 36 issue. Checkout the linked articles below for more info:

Some Thoughts on the DALN as Public Utility
Michael Harker and Ben McCorkle
Harker and McCorkle’s essay discusses the potential use of the DALN as a public utility by shining light on the parallelism between the thematic content of the uploaded literacy narratives and cultural developments. By viewing the DALN as a public service, the DALN transforms into a mouthpiece for the people to express their thoughts about literacy practices.

Re/Visioning Asian American Literacy Narratives through the DALN
Morris Young
Young’s piece explains the significance of the DALN’s function as an archive of public writings and how researchers can use these narratives to explore questions of language, literacy, and culture. Through reframing literacy narratives (such as interviews and multimodal narratives) and using the archival function of the DALN, researchers can thoroughly explore the “complex presentations of the relationship between identity and literacy within larger socio-historical-cultural contexts” (Young).

Rendering Private Writing Public in the DALN
Kara Poe Alexander
By encountering a student’s resistance to explore the DALN as a public space for their personal use, Alexander wrote a piece that explores the importance of articulating why she as a professor requires her students to submit their literacy narratives to the DALN. Her reflection brought her to the three primary reasons to have her students post their literacy narratives: enhanced authority, challenge dominant notions, and emphasize generosity.

Textual Encounters in the DALN / Composition Forum on the DALN
Mary Soliday
Soliday’s essay explores how narrators of various literacy narratives found in the DALN express an innate desire to read and write while establishing textual encounters they experienced in the past. Her analysis shows that narrators on the DALN craft an emotional sense of their past self through the use of visual images, explanation of social encounters, and reflection of “private identity in public terms” (Soliday). Through her reflection on the dynamic textual encounters within the DALN, Soliday explains that the archive’s space allows for meaningful social encounters where the narrator can craft their public sense of self.

As we continue wrapping up the DALN’s transition into our new webspace, check back with our homepage for more updated information about submitting literacy narratives.