Stories that Speak to Us: Exhibits from the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives

For 'what makes the telling justifiable' is also a commitment to a certain set of presuppositions about oneself, one's relation to others, one's view of the world and one's place in it. So, given that autobiography is also a form of 'taking a stand,' it is perforce rhetorical.

Reading Stories That Speak to Us

Stories That Speak to Us consists of a collection of online exhibits by guest curators that present and analyze selected personal literacy narratives from the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN), a publicly available, online archive of over 3,600 personal literacy narratives in a variety of formats (text, video, audio) that recount contributors’ literacy practices and values in their own words. The various exhibits employ different formats and may contain embedded media as well as links that allow readers to download ancillary materials and/or entire exhibits in alternate formats. Below, we offer some tips for reading and navigating this diverse collection.

We recommend that visitors first read David Bloome’s Foreword because all of the guest curators explicitly refer to Bloome’s motif of “unruliness.” Lewis Ulman’s Introduction provides some historical and conceptual background for the DALN and explains the relationship between the DALN and this collection of exhibits. Beyond those introductory pieces, visitors should feel free to explore the exhibits in any order.

From this page, links to the Foreword, Introduction, and Afterword open in the same window, and each of those sections contains internal navigation links as well as a link back to this page.

Links from this page to the exhibits open an abstract page in the same window. The abstract page for each exhibit contains an abstract, information about the curator(s), technical requirements for viewing the exhibit, information about citing the exhibit, a link for viewing the exhibit in a new window or downloading the exhibits (download links indicate file formats, and files will be downloaded to your Web browser's default download location). Each abstract page also contains a link for returning to this page.

Exhibit formats include Web sites, Prezi and Keynote presentations, and PDF documents. In the case of the presentation formats, curators also provide text-only transcripts. All of the exhibits feature embedded audio or video that most modern browsers should be able to play. Exhibits also contain authors' reflections on the design of their exhibits.

If you have questions about navigating Stories That Speak to Us or downloading and accessing any materials related to the collection, please contact H. Lewis Ulman.
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