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How do definitions of literacy in the academy, and the pedagogies that reinforce such definitions, influence and shape our identities as teachers, scholars, and students? The contributors gathered here reflect on those moments when the dominant cultural and institutional definitions of our identities conflict with our other identities, shaped by class, race, gender, sexual orientation, location, or other cultural factors.

These writers explore the struggle, identify the sources of conflict, and discuss how they respond personally to such tensions in their scholarship, teaching, and administration. They also illustrate how writing helps them and their students compose alternative identities that may allow the connection of professional identities with internal desires and senses of self. They emphasize how identity comes into play in education and literacy and how institutional and cultural power is reinforced in the pedagogies and values of the writing classroom and writing profession.

Table of Contents

  1. cover
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. vii
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  1. 1 Introduction: Literacy, Power, and the Shaping of Identity
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. PART I Institutions and Struggles for Identity
  2. p. 15
  1. 2 Social Class as Discourse: The Construction of Subjectivities in English
  2. pp. 17-28
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  1. 3 EXCELLENCE IS THE NAME OF THE (IDEOLOGICAL) GAME
  2. pp. 29-41
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  1. 4 The Feminist WPA Project: Fear and Possibility in the Feminist “Home”
  2. pp. 42-56
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  1. 5 When “Ms. Mentor” Misses the Mark: Literacy and Lesbian Identity in the Academy
  2. pp. 57-74
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  1. PART II Identity in the Composition Classroom
  2. p. 75
  1. 6 She Toiled for a Living: Writing Lives and Identities of Older Female Students
  2. pp. 77-91
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  1. 7 LITERACY, IDENTITY AND THE “SUCCESSFUL” STUDENT WRITER
  2. pp. 92-108
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  1. 8 Speaking from the Borderlands: Exploring Narratives of Teacher Identity
  2. pp. 109-121
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  1. PART III Identity Outside the Institutional Walls
  2. p. 139
  1. 10 MIGRATORY AND REGIONAL IDENTITY
  2. pp. 141-153
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  1. 11 Some Trouble with Discourses: What Conflicts Between Subjects and Ethnographers Tell Us About What Students Don’t/Won’t/ Can’t Say
  2. pp. 154-169
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  1. 12 COMPOSING (IDENTITY) IN A POSTTRAUMATIC AGE
  2. pp. 170-181
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  1. 13 Conclusion: Working Bodies: Class Matters in College Composition
  2. pp. 182-191
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 192-195
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  1. REFERENCES
  2. pp. 196-206
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  1. CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 207-208
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 209-212
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780874215465
Related ISBN
9780874216493
MARC Record
OCLC
123568163
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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