Works Cited




Generaciones’ Narratives by John Scenters-Zapico provides readers with a kaleidoscopic glimpse into the voices on the border, specifically those between Juaraz, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Through extraction from extensive interviews and survey data, Generaciones successfully reveals how bilingual participants have practiced traditional and electronic literacies from 1920 to 1985. Through these stories and his own critical commentary, Scenters-Zapico offers a rich representation of the ways in which participants cross physical, psychological, social, digital, and educational borders in order to define literacies. In revealing these stories, the text challenges the stereotypes that often construct those on the border as illiterate. As a methodological guide, Scenters-Zapico uses narrative, ethnographic, quantitative and qualitative approaches to discover “self-narratives” which he defines as both dialogic and polyphonous. In his study, Scenters- Zapico cites the work of Gloria Anzaldua, Deborah Brandt, and Victor Villanueva, among others, but his work goes beyond previous investigations of literacy practices because it attends to what Paul Prior has termed literate activity. Additionally, he builds on the work of Cynthia Selfe and Gail Hawisher in his examination of electronic literacies and cultural ecologies. In terms of organization, the text uses five chapters to explain and uncover the literacy practices of each generation. Chapters progress in a chronological order and function as a discursive framework to gain a richer understanding of literate activity on the U.S. – Mexico border.