Date of Award
Master of Arts
English Rhetoric and Composition
John T. Scenters-Zapico
The Border Mural in the Electronic Age is a project that responds to blanket statements, not only about a people's literacy (or illiteracy), but to the ways in which we define and measure literacy in the electronic age. In this study, literacy is located on the US-México border, and this specific location serves as the social, political, and economic grounds on which to study the types of literacies used by the local population. A cultural ecology approach is necessary when studying niche literacies, and in today's world, traditional literacies coexist among emergent forms of literacy most likely attributed to technological advances in communication media. A wall is no longer made of mere brick and mortar. A wall is a place in cyberspace where your friends of a new definition converge at your fingertips. To use a cultural ecology approach implies that one is not only to use the first person I when relating to stories encountered--the implication runs deeper. A cultural ecology approach asks the researcher to share the personal reasons that drove him or her to research a given topic. In my personal experience, I had been haunted by Gayatri Spivak's question; can the subaltern speak? While in college as a graduate and undergraduate student, I was well aware that my experience, and therefore also my perspectives, differed from those of some of my classmates. Where, then, can the subaltern speak? I chose to look at the alley walls of my barrio and the findings did not disappoint.
Received from ProQuest
José Angel Maldonado
Maldonado, José Angel, "The Border Mural in the Electronic Age: Xican@ Literacy as Rhetorical Agency" (2011). Open Access Theses & Dissertations. 2332.