ERIC Number: EJ925597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Abstractor: As Provided
"Rise Up!": Literacies, Lived Experiences, and Identities within an In-School "Other Space"
Wissman, Kelly K.
Research in the Teaching of English, v45 n4 p405-438 May 2011
In this article, I consider the literacy practices that emerged in an in-school elective course centered in the literacy tradition of African American women. Drawing from spatial perspectives (Leander& Sheehy, 2004), I explore what it means to consider this course an "Other space" (Foucault,1986), as a space created without the constraints of a mandated curriculum or standardized test pressures and as a space informed by an understanding of the connections among literacies,lived experiences, and identities. Through the presentation and analysis of five vignettes, I consider how the students shaped the course to their own ends and pursued agentive literacy work resonant with the epistemologies in the literacy tradition of African American women. While I situate these contributions and literacy practices within Black feminist and postpositivist realist theories of identities, I contend their full measure cannot be understood without a look at the physical aspects of the space, the travel of texts into and out of it, and its relational and affective dimensions. I conclude with considerations for pursuing literacy pedagogies attentive to social identities and for creating "Other spaces" within a time of standardization and testing. (Contains 3 notes.)
Descriptors: Gender Issues, High School Students, Writing (Composition), Realism, English Instruction, Elective Courses, Females, African Americans, Vignettes, Epistemology, Feminism, Literacy, Poetry, Social Justice, Racial Factors
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