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ERIC Number: ED387800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Suspicions of Theory, Suspicious Theories: The Graduate Student Literacy Narrative of Theory.
Urch, Kakie
The violence of any literacy acquisition in the contact zone between the powered, the disempowered, and the empowered is never clearcut. But, nevertheless, calls to theory literacy from the late 70s and early 80s have been answered with a rush. Michael Berube writes that "graduate school in English seems to have a very bad effect on people who don't like theory." Some of the more obvious symptoms of the academic endorsement of this literacy as a functional requirement for citizenship are the plethora of new theory anthologies for graduate and undergraduate students. Also, consider the range of references to literacy theory appearing in locations of popular Culture from "Mademoiselle" magazine to "Northern Exposure." Graduate student responses to this theory, on the other hand, demonstrate much in the way of anxiety, failure, fracture, and little in the way of the kind of liberation and empowerment that a functional literacy promises. So should the profession abandon teaching theory literacy altogether? Graduate school is the ultimate transitory period. Either the student fails in some way to become a citizen, by rejection of theory, the Bartleby "preferring not to" write theory, or the student becomes a citizen. Theory choices and adhesions in the civil society of the academy are the space of enactment, the building of multiple articulations through culture. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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