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ERIC Number: EJ882693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Unpacking Symbolic Creativities: Writing in School and across Contexts
Jocson, Korina
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v32 n2 p206-236 2010
The exploration of poetry as transformative reflects a literary movement attentive to larger struggles over signs and meanings. It is a movement that emphasizes textual play and seeks to alter the social, cultural, and institutional relations in which meanings are generated. Poetry in this sense, then, emphasizes the power of words as a form of social action through the study of different authors to the production of texts, as well as the interplay between the two in historical context. Central to conceiving poetry as transformative is asking in what ways poetic texts can be used to shape student writing and, in turn, how students use them to create their own texts that attempt to disrupt dominant discourses about race, class, and gender, among others. In this article, the author begins with cultural studies as a departure point to examine writing and to frame youth-produced texts as part of a larger struggle over signs and meanings. Unpacking symbolic creativities, as the author argues, reveals young people's affinity for particular kinds of texts and the ways in which these texts influence or are taken up by students to produce new texts both in and out of schools. (Contains 3 figures and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California