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Chasing Literacy
Daniel Keller
5½ x 8½, 160 pages
published: 2013

ISBN 978-0-87421-932-6
paper $26.95s

ISBN 978-0-87421-933-3
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Daniel Keller is assistant professor of English at the Ohio State University at Newark, where he teaches composition, digital media, and literacy studies.

Chasing Literacy

Reading and Writing in an Age of Acceleration

Daniel Keller

Daniel Keller's Chasing Literacy provides a useful and necessary study on the habits and minds of those just now entering college. He addresses the mysteries of multitasking, browsing, and especially acceleration—which he argues is the defining characteristic of literacy at the present time. Many of us have felt that this is so with the advancement of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and iTunes; SMART and touch devices; texting, Skype, and Pinterest. But Keller shows us why changes are unfolding and, as Walter Ong would say, how our students think differently as a result.
—Kip Strasma, Methodist College of UnityPoint Health

Arguing that composition should renew its interest in reading pedagogy and research, Chasing Literacy offers writing instructors and literacy scholars a framework for understanding and responding to the challenges posed by the proliferation of interactive and multimodal communication technologies in the twenty-first century.

Employing case-study research of student reading practices, Keller explores reading-writing connections in new media contexts. He identifies a culture of acceleration—a gathering of social, educational, economic, and technological forces that reinforce the values of speed, efficiency, and change—and challenges educators to balance new "faster" literacies with traditional "slower" literacies. In addition, Keller details four significant features of contemporary literacy that emerged from his research: accumulation and curricular choices; literacy perceptions; speeds of rhetoric; and speeds of reading.

Chasing Literacy outlines a new reading pedagogy that will help students gain versatile, dexterous approaches to both reading and writing and makes a significant contribution to this emerging area of interest in composition theory and practice.