A compelling collection by one of the pioneers of revisionist approaches to the history of literacy in North America and Europe, The Labyrinths of Literacy offers original and controversial views on the relation of literacy to society, leading the way for scholars and citizens who are willing to question the importance and function of literacy in the development of society today.
Harvey Graff has been exploring and mapping the labyrinths of literacy since the early 1970s. In a steady stream of books, and essays, Graff has been busily 'deconstrucing' our conventional conceptions of literacy as a precondition to meaningful reconstruction. . . . In chapters that vary in terms of specific focus, depth and nature of criticism, and explicitness of theoretical and policy orientations, Graff offers his readers a series of compass readings that have led him into—but not necessarily out of—the labyrinth of literacy.