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ERIC Number: EJ1113420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7502
Countering Institutional Success Stories: Outlaw Emotions in the Literacy Narrative
Carlo, Rosanne
Composition Forum, v34 Sum 2016
In the field of rhetoric and composition, literacy narratives are sometimes framed through the idea of "inventing the university"; this, unfortunately, creates a trope of literacy as success. I argue that the success trope limits student expression of "outlaw" emotions in literacy narratives--like loss, pain, and anxiety--and as a result, flattens conceptions of literacy and glosses over complex student life experiences and positionalities (race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.). This short pedagogical piece provides composition teachers with strategies that encourage students to identify a range of affective responses to the process of literacy acquisition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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