ERIC Number: ED364881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-19
Reference Count: N/A
"The Choice" and the Language of Honesty.
Ward, Jerry W., Jr.
Samuel Yette's "The Choice: The Issue of Black Survival in America" belongs to an honorable tradition of African American writing, a tradition which draws attention to a necessary distinction between the promise of freedom and democracy and what people actually experience in their everyday lives in the United States. Yette's language comes from the practice of journalism, the first draft of history (as writing). "The Choice" is written in plain and vigorous standard English. Determining something about the language of honesty in "The Choice" is connected with pragmatics (the systematic relations between structures of text and context) in the reading process. The book functions as a model of how to read/study the text of America as a democratic experiment. The language of Yette's book refers ultimately to the deep structures of the struggle for "Lebensraum" in the United States. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans; Choice (Yette); Writing Contexts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (83rd, Pittsburgh, PA, November 17-22, 1993).