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ERIC Number: EJ1082252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7502
Standards of English: Literature as Language Standard
Rose, Jeanne Marie
Composition Forum, v14 n2 Fall 2005
In this essay, the author suggests that recent developments in English studies and popular culture create an opportune moment for writing teachers to welcome such literature in composition curricula. The author describes how studying stories by John Edgar Wideman enabled first-year composition students to engage political and interpersonal issues surrounding language choice, specifically in the case of Black English. Despite teachers' intentions of promoting diversity and empowering non-white or non-privileged students, the author's experience illustrates the extent to which the subject of race remains a source of discomfort for students and instructors. With reference to this discomfort, the author concludes her argument that exploring literature in writing courses could encourage members of the classroom community, teachers and students alike, to collaboratively confront concerns about language, race, and literacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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