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ERIC Number: EJ915061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0889-6143
From Silence to Noise: The Writing Center as Critical Exile
Welch, Nancy
Writing Center Journal, v30 n1 p69-83 2010
In this article, the author focuses on one student, Margie, who sought to write about her experience with workplace sexual harassment but who also struggled as she wrote with competing off-stage voices. Those voices--from the conversations in her classrooms, former workplace, a campus women's group, newspapers, and the televised Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings--insisted she'd "asked for" this treatment or misinterpreted what was "all in good fun." They told her she had "a duty to other women" to share this experience, or they claimed that through writing she was "just out for attention." Through Margie's story of writing in the thick of this social debate, the author thinks one can enlarge his/her understanding of collaboration to include writing and reading with and against one's many internalized voices. It's with this understanding of collaboration that the author will explore the writing center as providing critical distance from, rather than immersion in, those social conversations--as a space of critical exile for students and teachers alike. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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