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ERIC Number: EJ860767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0994
Classics and Counterpublics in Nineteenth-Century Historically Black Colleges
Jarratt, Susan C.
College English, v72 n2 p134-159 Nov 2009
This article explored the archives of three preeminent southern Historically Black Colleges and Universities founded soon after the end of the war: Fisk, Atlanta, and Howard Universities. The author began by searching their founding documents and catalogues through the turn of the twentieth century. Curricular history provides an articulated framework and context for students' courses of study, but as every teacher and administrator knows, a curriculum on the books does not reveal the living experience of a student, through whom a course of study is transformed into a living practice. Initially disappointed in her hope of finding a broad range of student writing in the archives (there were no sets of student essays), the author find extensive and very well preserved student-produced periodicals. Even more vividly than "student writing," these publications give access to students as writers in the strong sense. The author preface her analysis of the publications with a brief account of the curricular histories of the three colleges. (Contains 27 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Georgia; Tennessee