|Image of M.G. taken by M.G...wait, if both of my hands are in the picture then how did I take this picture?!|
In the early parts of the first chapter of The Call to Write they discuss the idea of literacy events. For those who don't know-although we all read about it-a literacy event is the use of literature in our daily lives from the most basic tasks of sending text messages and writing grocery lists to the more delicate tasks of declarations of judgement via court, declarations of peace and war, and everything in between. This idea of the literacy event stood out to me since in the years leading up to this semester I have never heard of this idea before. In prior English classes the idea of a piece of literature was limited to what was specifically deemed a piece of literature whether it be an essay, short story, poem, or novel. To expand the very definition of what determines literature is to some degrees an enlightening experience. To see that literature is not limited to the professional writer, but to the every-man who goes about their day using the written language in some fashion or another is truly amazing.