NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1014097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0994
Translingual Literacy, Language Difference, and Matters of Agency
Lu, Min-Zhan; Horner, Bruce
College English, v75 n6 p582-607 Jul 2013
We argue that composition scholarship's defenses of language differences in student writing reinforce dominant ideology's spatial framework conceiving language difference as deviation from a norm of sameness. We argue instead for adopting a temporal-spatial framework defining difference as the norm of utterances, and defining languages, literacy practices, conventions, and contexts as always emergent, ongoing products of iterations, and thus manifestations of writer agency. Using the "White Shoes" essay from David Bartholomae's "Inventing the University," we show how such a framework addresses the writer's agency iterating the "same," and how it resolves concerns to meet students' need and right to learn both dominant and subordinate languages. (Contains 18 notes.)
National Council of Teachers of English. 1111 West Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096. Tel: 877-369-6283; Tel: 217-328-3870; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A