CCR 611: Comp Histories/Theories

Rhetoric at the Margins: Revising the History of Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1873-1947

In the preface to his book, Gold offers some context for his site selection and the arguments he plans to develop. The purpose of his book is to examine rhetorical education at three historically neglected institutions: Wiley College (a private HBCU), Texas Woman’s University (a public all-women’s college), and East Texas Normal school (an independent… Continue reading Rhetoric at the Margins: Revising the History of Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1873-1947

CCR 611: Comp Histories/Theories

Word from the Mother: Language and African Americans

Black or African American Language (BL or AAL) is a style of speaking English words with Black flava—with Africanized semantic, grammatical, pronunciation, and rhetorical patterns. AAL comes out of the experience of U.S. slave descendants. This shared experience has resulted in common speaking styles, systematic patterns of grammar, and common language practices in the Black… Continue reading Word from the Mother: Language and African Americans

Rhetoric

Traces of a Stream: Literacy and Social Change Among African American Women

My apprenticeship has been long and enlightening. I have learned to engage in a painstaking process of recovery and reconstruction; to use multidisciplinary sources; to count experience variously, especially when the people whose experience it was are no longer alive and when they did not always leave clear records of themselves. I have learned to… Continue reading Traces of a Stream: Literacy and Social Change Among African American Women

CCR 632: Comp Pedagogy

Skype Interview with Adam Banks

Adam Banks is a really smooth speaker, and we had a great discussion about community work, critically discussing race in the classroom, integrating useful technological practices, and how to make class spaces accessible. Here are some quick highlights: I see my main responsibility as helping my students to claim roles for themselves as intellectuals. To see… Continue reading Skype Interview with Adam Banks

CCR 632: Comp Pedagogy · Rhetoric

Race, Rhetoric, and Technology: Searching for Higher Ground

Recently, I read Adam Banks’s Race, Rhetoric, and Technology: Searching for Higher Ground. According to Banks, this book’s project is not to answer either/or questions about technology, society’s development, and exclusion; instead, it traces the technologies used within the African American rhetorical tradition to unseat racism and exclusion based on technological practices (2). Very generally, then,… Continue reading Race, Rhetoric, and Technology: Searching for Higher Ground