10-2 | Examining Literacy Practices in the Game Magic: The Gathering

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Examining Literacy Practices in the Game Magic: The Gathering

Autumn M. Dodge (with Paul A. Crutcher)

Abstract:

The author discusses Magic: The Gathering as not only a card game but as situated in New Literacies as a Discourse and community of practice with rich, complex, and multimodal literacy practices. She describes apprenticeship to the game from the perspective of a novice and a long-time player and argues that entering its Magic Discourse depends on the requisite vocabulary, multimodal texts, and embodied literacy practices. She discusses the game in relation both to literacy and to play and reviews relevant theory and research, giving concrete examples from her own experience. The author describes the game as a rich, complex literacy tool that can foster important literacy practices in its players. Key words: card games; literacy; Magic: The Gathering; New Literacies