Front Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. 6-9

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Composition and Postcolonial Studies: An Introduction

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pp. 1-8

...Across all disciplines, a growing awareness of the importance of minority and subjugated voices to histories and narratives that have previously excluded them has led to widespread interest in postcolonial theory. While quite diverse, this body of work coheres around an exploration of power relations between Western and Third World countries. More particularly...

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Composing Postcolonial Studies

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pp. 9-32

...This is an invested reading of the essays gathered here. Both composition studies and postcolonial studies have been vital to my thinking about the production and reception of meanings against the grain of global and internal systems of oppression. I am, however, interested particularly in exploring composition’s vitality as “the ungrateful receiver” of the gifts of postcolonial studies. It has been my conviction that if those of us reading...

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Toward a Mestiza Rhetoric: Gloria Anzaldúa on Composition and Postcoloniality

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pp. 33-66

...In this early essay, Anzaldúa announces the multiplicity of her “self ” and her “voice.” She is a “wind-swayed bridge, a crossroads inhabited by whirlwinds”; she is “Shiva, a many-armed and legged body with one foot on brown soil, one on white, one in straight society, one in the gay world, the man’s world, the woman’s, one limb in the literary world, another in the...

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Terms of Engagement: Postcolonialism, Transnationalism, and Composition Studies

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pp. 67-83

...As a professor of postcolonial literature and theory and a regular in the first-year composition classroom, I was pleased and intrigued to find a session on composition and postcolonial studies at a recent regional conference. Wishing to see how the speakers would apply postcolonial concepts to pressing issues in rhetoric and composition—or conversely, whether postcolonialism had something to learn and gain from the battles and triumphs...

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Encountering the Other: Postcolonial Theory and Composition Scholarship

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pp. 84-94

...Theorists of the postmodern have often asserted that now that we have entered what has been termed the postmodern age, ethics is dead and no system or code of moral values can universally regulate human behavior. Those who make such assertions typically point out that prior to modernity, ethics was a product of divine will as invested in and regulated by the social...

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Pratt and Pratfalls: Revisioning Contact Zones

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pp. 95-109

...complicates the definition of “black boxed” he has attached to ready-made science, suggesting that he used the term “both too much and too loosely to mean either a well-established fact or an unproblematic object”. Instead, he redefines the black box as an actively rhetorical agent. It is “the assembly of disorderly and unreliable allies [. . .] slowly turned into something that closely resembles an organized whole” that can be useful in controlling the behavior of others...

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Beside Ourselves: Rhetoric and Representation in Postcolonial Feminist Writing

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pp. 110-128

...The value of postcolonial theory for teachers of writing arises in part from its focus on the rhetorical situation of intellectual work applied to the question of difference. By pointing out that academic traditions of Western universities are built on several centuries of economic and cultural imperialism, this theory demands that scholars and teachers of literature and literacies ask rhetorical questions, the answers to which had been for many years assumed...

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Postcolonial Transformations in Canadian Inuit Testimonio

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pp. 129-142

...New genre theories offer valuable insights into how theories of writing that inform composition studies, especially pragmatic theories about writing as social action, are responsive to important issues in contemporary postcolonial studies. Such issues pertain to subjectivity, ethnicity, class, gender, and race. This is so because the new genre theories explain the discursive features...

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(Im)migrant Crossings

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pp. 143-156

...In a public lynching of students, the trustees of the City University of New York approve a measure relegating “remedial” courses to the community colleges. Students unable to pass an entrance exam are deemed not to be adequately prepared for the university and must be refused access. Students who have limited reading and writing skills, as determined by a single test, are not seen as having any potential or promise and must be denied...

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Resisting Writing: Reflections on the Postcolonial Factor in the Writing Class

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pp. 157-170

...I was born and raised in Ghana, the first sub-Saharan nation to gain political independence from Britain. English is the official language in Ghana, and yet it is the second, third, or fourth language for many of us in that country, and indeed in many parts of Africa. My identity as a postcolonial subject raises several questions about my writing development that should be of interest to compositionists: How are my writing difficulties...

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Arts of the U.S.–Mexico Contact Zone

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pp. 171-198

...The words of Berlin and Valdés highlight both the strengths and weaknesses of composition studies in a postcolonial world. Valdés explicitly challenges all those who look to composition studies as a way to “fathom possibilities for language and living” to realize the extent to which such possibilities have been imagined for over “half the world’s people.” Along the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border, for instance, the majority of people...

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Hybridity: A Lens for Understanding Mestizo/a Writers

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pp. 199-217

...Edward Said’s discussions of orientalism, colonialism, and/or the “Other” apply to the “USAmerican” landscape. Many of the ideas found in his work apply to minority groups within the United States in ways similar to the colonized people about whom he writes. For example, Said claims in his introduction to...

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The Politics of Location: Using Flare-Ups to Spark “Reflexive Dialogue” in the Ever-Changing Classroom Text

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pp. 218-237

...Like computer-networked discussion, a listserv opens up a subtext of voices seldom heard in our classrooms. The discussion list in this class of twenty-four students enrolled in a Master’s program in English was wide open—we could use this space however we wanted. When we were reading Bakhtin’s “Discourse in the Novel”...

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The New Literacy/Orality Debates: Ebonics and the Redefinition of Literacy in Multicultural Settings

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pp. 238-254

...enrollments in a private Christian Academy. Large bold text surrounded by golden trumpets and white lilies announces: “no guns, no condoms, no sex education, no tolerance, no diversity.” A conversation overheard in a Pennzoil waiting room amplified the force and illuminated the appeal of these refusals. Two suburban soccer dads, fresh from a golf game, began...

Notes

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pp. 255-262

Bibliography

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pp. 263-278

Contributors

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pp. 279-280

Index

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pp. 281-288

Back Cover

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pp. 298-298