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ERIC Number: EJ891484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Re-Reading Student Texts: Intertextuality and Constructions of Self and Other in the Contact Zone
Rodriguez, Karen
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v13 p43-64 Nov 2006
This article examines a student poem about a common gendered experience in Guanajuato, Mexico, which was written by a student in a creative writing group the author led during a one-semester study abroad program she directs for CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange). The article posits Guanajuato as a contact zone where Mexican culture and US culture meet in myriad ways on a daily basis. It introduces the notion of intertextuality to complicate the typical way they might read the text. After looking at one possible US interpretation that might be given to this piece, it tries not to discredit it, but to de-privilege it as the only possible interpretation. The article does this first by opening up several interpretive possibilities within the text and, second, by taking the student text into the wider interpretive domain to look at what the local other is also expressing textually in the midst of intercultural contact. It considers two types of local texts: a t-shirt genre that is currently popular and the ubiquitous bar flyer handed out on the streets of Guanajuato. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico