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ERIC Number: ED451535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 16
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Radical Feminism and the Subject of Writing.
Rhodes, Jacqueline
The radical feminists of the late 1960s and early 1970s, as well as their online counterparts today, offer provocative examples of networked textuality, a discourse dependent on the constant and visible contextualization of self and writing within the discourses of hegemony. Given its potential use for liberatory writing pedagogies, it seems curious that radical feminism has yet to influence composition studies in any substantial way. This paper discusses composition and radical feminism, particularly radical women's sites online. The paper makes some of these sites "visible" to look at how activist women online move toward collective action through textuality, combining the relative permanence of a resource site and archive with the ever-changing association of hypertext links, visitor input, and guest commentary. It notes that the tension between fixity and fluidity in radical feminist writing mirrors another key tension in discussions of textuality and pedagogy--namely, the tension between liberatory pedagogies and material conditions. Bell hooks' concept of "engaged pedagogy" is key to an understanding of the potential for radical textuality in the writing classroom. The paper concludes that radical feminist textuality is a discourse of the moment; with its emphasis on both the personal and the political, the text and the network, it forms a particularly telling example of writerly subjectivity, mediating between the worlds of gender politics and print culture to change (and yet resist) both. Cites 12 works. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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