Title

Wrestling with Competency and Everyday Literacies in School

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Language & Literacy Education

Volume

15

Issue

2

Publisher

University of Georgia * College of Education

Publication Date

1-1-2019

First Page

1

Last Page

22

Abstract

In this essay, I detail the entanglements of three young Black boys - Million Dollar Man, DJ, and Francisco - and their interests in and experiences with WWE wrestling. Drawing on posthumanist philosophies that attend to the productive relationships between the human and more-than-human objects, I consider ethnographic data composed during a second-grade literacy workshop to describe the ways in which the boys' talk, play, embodiments, drawing, and writing created new ways for them to demonstrate competencies in school. A rhizoanalysis of field notes, audio and video recordings, and artifactual documentation demonstrates the overlapping and diverging traditional and indeterminate literacies that emerged for the boys during their play, embodiments, and teaching. I argue that boradening definitions of what counts as literacy and attention to intimate and affective literacies, often in relationship with popular culture, comprise more equitable and just considerations of whose lives and experiences matter and what becomings emerge for children in school.

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