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Traversing the Democratic Borders of the Essay
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Scholarship on the personal essay has focused on Western European and U. S. varieties of the form. In Traversing the Democratic Borders of the Essay, Cristina Kirklighter extends these boundaries by reading the Latin American and Latino/a essayists Paulo Freire, Victor Villanueva, and Ruth Behar, alongside such canonical figures as Montaigne, Bacon, Emerson, and Thoreau. In this fascinating journey into the commonalities and differences among these essayists, Kirklighter focuses on various elements of the personal essay—self-reflexivity, accessibility, spontaneity, and a rhetoric of sincerity—in order to argue for a more democratic form of writing in academia, one that would democratize the academy and promote nation-building. By using these elements in their teachings and writings, Kirklighter argues, educators can play a significant role in helping others who experience academic alienation achieve a better sense of belonging as they slowly dismantle the walls of the ivory tower.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. FOREWORD
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1 Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 2 The Personal, the Political, and the Rhetorical: Montaigne and Bacon’s Use of the Essay Form
  2. pp. 15-38
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  1. 3 Essaying an American Democratic Identity in Emerson and Thoreau
  2. pp. 39-70
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  1. 4 The Essay as Political/Cultural Critique in Latin America
  2. pp. 71-102
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  1. 5 Achieving a Place in Academia through the Personal Academic Essays of Victor Villanueva and Ruth Behar
  2. pp. 103-132
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  1. 6 Conclusion
  2. pp. 133-136
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  1. WORKS CITED
  2. pp. 137-148
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 149-160
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