ERIC Number: EJ816447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Memory, Literacy, and Invention: Reimagining the Canon of Memory for the Writing Classroom
Ryan, Kathleen J.
Composition Studies, v32 n1 p35-47 Spr 2004
This article challenges the assumption that the canon of memory means memorization and transcription, and, as a result, has little relevance for the writing classroom. An examination of the canon's historical legacy and its relationships to literacy and invention open a space for redefining the canon of memory as "rememoried knowing." In brief, rememoried knowing is a strategic, contextual process of interpretation and invention to make meaning. This new version of "memoria" has four dimensions: memory material, imagination and interpretation, context and subjectivity, and transformation. The author looks to the disciplines of life writing and women's history to describe these dimensions, drawing specifically on the ways Toni Morrison, Julia Alvarez, and Gerda Lerner use and discuss memory. Teaching this art of memory has the potential to encourage students to become rhetors--as makers and users of memory--in the writing classroom and the global community.
Descriptors: Memory, Writing Instruction, Educational History, Memorization, Biographies, Imagination, Females, History, Literacy, Writing (Composition), Writing Processes
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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