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ERIC Number: EJ845058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0994
The "Corrido": A Border Rhetoric
Noe, Mark
College English, v71 n6 p596-605 Jul 2009
The author questions the continued usefulness of inside/outside as a liberatory metaphor, particularly for Latino/a students, who experience that classroom quite differently from the privileged way that the author, their Anglo teacher, does. The author argues that the assumptions of the inside/outside metaphor accentuate the challenges that these students face when confronted by the demands for assimilation posed by academic writing. Inside/outside becomes a means of identifying what lies on either side of a boundary, while simultaneously bypassing how the boundary functions to categorize and, according to Lazaro Lima, even compartmentalizes by selecting who may pass through. The border rhetorics that Latino/a students bring into the classroom can help them and other students resist being appropriated by academic discourse. For example, the "corrido" involves a mimicry of conventions that enables students to envision a fluid identity rather than exchange one identity for another. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; Texas