African American Rhetoric(s)
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: Southern Illinois University Press
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Foreword, by Jacqueline Jones Royster
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...to the question: What parameters can we use to begin a more thought-ful and useful consideration of African Americans in rhetorical space?Elaine B. Richardson and Ronald L. Jackson II frame their views as “thestudy of culturally and discursively developed knowledge-forms, commu-nicative practices and persuasive strategies rooted in freedom struggles...
Preface, by Elaine B. Richardson & Ronald L. Jackson II
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...fundamental concepts as well as a systematic integration of historical andcontemporary lines of inquiry in the study of African American rhetoric(s).African American rhetoric(s) is the name we prefer for the study of cul-turally and discursively developed knowledge-forms, communicative prac-tices and persuasive strategies rooted in freedom struggles by people of...
Introduction: Aspects of African American Rhetoric as a Field, by Keith Gilyard
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...study of African American rhetoric would be a task virtually as daunt-ing as if the object were to summarize all reportage and analysis of theBlack experience overall. Voluminous attention has been devoted toBlack discourses because such discourses have been the major means bywhich people of African descent in the American colonies and subsequent...
Part One: Historicizing and Analyzing African American Rhetoric(s)
1. Black Speakers, White Representations: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and the Construction of a Public Persona, by Shirley Wilson Logan
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IN LANGSTON HUGHES’S SHORT STORY “THE BLUES I’M PLAYING,”Oceola, the main character, ultimately resists the attempts of her patron,Mrs. Ellsworth, to mold her into a classical pianist, choosing instead toplay the blues. Her patron never attempted to understand Oceola, herpreferred lifestyle, or her mode of creative expression (1934). Frances...
2. From Panther to Monster: Representations of Resistance from the Black Power Movement of the 1960s to the Boyz in the Hood and Beyond, by Kalí Tal
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...section of a local bookstore, I picked up Monster: The AutobiographyMonster Kody Scott. I had been rereading Blood in My Eye, the last workof incarcerated Black Panther Party associate George Jackson, and ablurb on the back cover of Monster caught my eye. A reviewer claimedthat, like George Jackson, Sanyika Shakur had made a “complete po-...
3. Rhetoric That Should Have Moved the People: Rethinking the Black Panther Party, by Gwendolyn D. Pough
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In terms of the search for Black selfhood, the Black Panthers andcase study. First, there was the attire: basic Black leather andthe number of Panthers inhabiting the nation. Second, here was afight for equality. Third, this mission dedicated them to changing(BPP) had impacts on J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, the search for Black self-...
4. The Literary Foremother: An Embodiment of the Rhetoric of Freedom, by Jacqueline K. Bryant
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...familiar stereotypical representations of Black women in various subtleand creative ways. This essay, then, seeks to substantiate the subversionof, particularly, the mammy stereotype as a discursive practice. It seeksto illuminate the existence of communicative power structures in charac-ter portrayal and dialogue through the lens of an Afrocentric rhetoric in...
5. Ties that Bind: A Comparative Analysis of Zora Neale Hurston’s and Geneva Smitherman’s Work, by Kimmika L. H. Williams
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...trality of the work of two early African American women scholars—ZoraNeale Hurston and Geneva Smitherman—in the developing study ofAfrican American rhetoric (AAR). Widely regarded as pioneers in theAfrican American Vernacular English (AAVE) discourse, both scholarsincorporated an ethnographic perspective on the forms, styles, functions,...
Part Two: Visions for Pedagogy of African American Rhetoric
6. The Multiple Dimensions of Nubian/Egyptian Rhetoric and Its Implications for Contemporary Classroom Instructions, by Clinton Crawford
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...text to help in our accurate understanding of the two expressions fromthe Nile Valley complex under review. By providing this framework, therhetorical tradition could be fully understood and appreciated. Beforethat is done a preface is warranted. This volume takes a sharp detour fromthe so-called classical Western academic pantheon, which elects to advance...
7. Modeling Orality: African American Rhetorical Practices and the Teaching of Writing, by Lena Ampadu
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...to find effective ways to improve their students’ writing ability. Fromexamining method to curriculum to the students themselves, they havegrappled with this lingering pedagogical challenge (Bartholomae, 1987;Smit, 1994; Winterowd, 1994). My study responded anew to this effortto address this longstanding problem by focusing on improving students’...
8. Coming from the Heart: African American Students, Literacy Stories, and Rhetorical Education, by Elaine B. Richardson
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...to make visible vernacular discourse/rhetorical patterns and strategiesin students’ texts, the scope of identified strategies and policies is broader.Extending the research tradition interested in exploring vernacular dis-courses and literacies in relation to school discourses and literacies, thisessay focuses attention on the academic personas acquired by two Afri-...
9. The Rhetoric of Democracy: Contracts, Declarations, and Bills of Sales, by Victoria Cliett
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...colored doctor in the city had lived and died on that street, andstreet, which none of them lived near, Doctor Street. . . . Some ofthe city legislators, whose concern for appropriate names and thetheir political life, saw to it that “Doctor Street” was never usedbarbershops, and restaurants in that part of the city saying that...
Part Three: Visions for Research in African American Rhetoric(s)
10. Looking Forward to Look Back: Technology Access and Transformation in African American Rhetoric, by Adam J. Banks
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The folks promoting this nonsense—I call them “tricknologists”—are the high tech equivalent of the three card monty dealers yousee on street corners. You know the game: they get you to followone card, and all the while the real action is somewhere else. Well,that’s exactly what the New Age tricknologists are doing with the...
11. We Is Who We Was: The African/American Rhetoric of Amistad, by Kermit E. Campbell
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Since the beginning of the nation, white Americans have sufferedmarker, a symbol of limits, a metaphor for the “outsider.” Manywhites could look at the social position of blacks and feel thatthey got off the boat was the term “nigger”—it made them feelinstantly American. But this is tricky magic. Despite his racial...
12. From the Harbor to Da Academic Hood: Hush Harbors and an African American Rhetorical Tradition, by Vorris L. Nunley
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John Pearson, the itinerate preacher in Zora Neale Hurston’s Jonah’sGourd Vine (1934/1990), refuses to call witnesses and refuses to speakin his own behalf. When Hambo inquires about his silence, Jonah’s re-sponse illustrates what I will argue is a primary strand of an AfricanAmerican rhetorical tradition: “‘Ah didn’t want de White folks tuh hear...
13. “Both Print and Oral” and “Talking about Race”: Transforming Toni Morrison’s Language Issues into Teaching Issues, by Joyce Irene Middleton
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...education in the schools which was print-oriented; and right sidethere was the radio; I was a radio child. You get in the habit ofIn this country, . . . American means white, and Africanist peoplestruggle to make the term applicable to themselves with ethnicityshe told a Washington Post reporter that one of her interests as a teacher...
14. Found Not Founded, by William W. Cook
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...is a history of specific African retentions in both syntax and affectiveform, of transformations resulting in syncretistic language rituals andstructures and of “New World” creations. It stands in both a resistantand symbiotic relationship to the dominant discourses with which it isengaged. This rhetoric is marked by masking as is evidenced by the fre-...
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Page Count: 328
Publication Year: 2007
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth