ALSC Announces Title of the Forthcoming FORUM No. 3: THE LATEST ILLITERACY

The Association of Literary Scholars and Critics understands that it has an obligation to direct some of its force, time, and imagination to the bad examples that are set, as against the good example that the Association itself tries to set, for instance in its journal, Literary Imagination, and at its annual conferences. It was in this spirit that the Forum series has come about. Forum No. 3, The Latest Illiteracy, now brings together many instances of, as well as some reflections on, how different—largely, how much worse­—things are these days, both in print and in speech. The underlying questions are the enduring ones. Really worse, not just different? What is the evidence? Is it merely that all of us are getting older, and that the invocation of a golden age is becoming more of a lure? Is it not the case that in the Paston Letters, as long ago as the 15th century, the complaint was being voiced that servants be not so diligent as they were wont to be? Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?

The Latest Illiteracy resists excuses and acquiescences. It is the work of two highly articulate writers—Jim McCue and Bryan Garner—who wish to help others to be no less articulate­—and, since individuality is to be respected and fostered, help them to be variously and personally articulate. This, as being able to do right by oneself as well by others because doing right by the great inheritance that is language, that is a language.

Neither of the present contributors, the one English, and the other American, is a university teacher, which was one reason why the Association, which is committed to allying the world of the university with the worlds of the arts, of the professions, and of the common reader, recently invited these two to put their experienced minds to illiteracy, new and old, and then to give the rest of us the pleasure of witnessing these two minds, their findings and their provocative speculations.

Forum No. 3 is set for publication in spring 2009.

8 Comments

Filed under General News

8 Responses to ALSC Announces Title of the Forthcoming FORUM No. 3: THE LATEST ILLITERACY

  1. Yolanda DeCamilla

    I would like to read Forum No. 3: “The Latest Illiteracy”. I do I access this? Thank You.

    • ALSCW

      Dear Yolanda,
      Thank You for the comment. Please send any inquiries about our Forum and Literary Matters publications to our email at alsc@bu.edu and we will get back to you as soon as possible. I apologize for the wait. Our office was closed over the holidays and had previously been going through a period of transition.

      Kathie
      ALSCW Staff Intern
      Technology and Records Management

  2. Geoffrey Shindler

    Could you please let me know how I can get hold of a copy of the pamphlet The Latest Illiteracy. It says on your website that it is due for publication in spring 2009 but I cannot find it on your website.

    Regards

    Geoffrey Shindler

    • ALSCW

      Dear Mr. Shindler,
      Thank You for the comment. Please send any inquiries about Forum or Literary Matters to our email at alsc@bu.edu and we will get back to you as soon as possible. I apologize for the wait. Our office was closed over the holidays and all of our interns have only started working again this week.

      Kathie
      ALSCW Staff Intern
      Technology and Records Management

  3. Hello every person,

    My name is Brandon McCaffrey. I ‘m a telecom consultant further specializing on the cell phone reverse phone directory area.

    I recently listed and as a result decided I should say good day.

    Delighted i found this valuable community and it comes across as being excellent to be part of this particular network already :)

    I am looking forward in reading and participating in the forum.

    Brandon

    cell phone reverse phone number lookup Specialist

  4. Hi there everybody under the sun,

    My personal name is Brandon McCaffrey. I have always been a telecom professional further specializing on the reverse phone dir area.

    I just registered and as a result reckoned I should probably say good day.

    Pleased i discovered this community forum and it comes across as being good to be part of this valuable community already :)

    I am looking forward in reading and participating in the forum.

    Brandon

  5. Hello Everyone!

    My name is Poomiafreme and I’m from Skive, Denmark. I do sales (internet) for a living however I like auto racing and motor cross. I have two beaufiful childeren Sasha and Melia. I’m looking forward to being a member of this board.

    Love,

    Poomiafreme

  6. ALSCW

    Dear Mr. Skeggs,
    Thank You for the comment. Please send any inquiries about Forum to our email at alsc@bu.edu and we will get back to you as soon as possible. I apologize for the wait. Our office was closed over the holidays and all of our interns have only started working again this week.

    Kathie
    ALSCW Staff Intern
    Technology and Records Management

Leave a Reply