Crossing Borderlands: Composition and Post-Colonial Studies

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On the surface, postcolonial studies and composition studies appear to have little in common. However, they share a strikingly similar goal: to provide power to the words and actions of those who have been marginalized or oppressed. Postcolonial studies accomplishes this goal by opening a space for the voices of “others” in traditional views of history and literature. Composition studies strives to empower students by providing equal access to higher education and validation for...

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Overview

On the surface, postcolonial studies and composition studies appear to have little in common. However, they share a strikingly similar goal: to provide power to the words and actions of those who have been marginalized or oppressed. Postcolonial studies accomplishes this goal by opening a space for the voices of “others” in traditional views of history and literature. Composition studies strives to empower students by providing equal access to higher education and validation for their writing.

For two fields that have so much in common, very little dialogue exists between them. Crossing Borderlands attempts to establish such an exchange in the hopes of creating a productive “borderland” where they can work together to realize common goals.

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“A rich and intensive introduction to postcolonial studies’ relationship to composition research and teaching that can provide educators with a much deeper understanding of what it means for multicultural students to negotiate American systems of education. These essays contribute a strong argument expanding the ways that the two fields can inform each oather’s work.”
Multicultural Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822958376
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Pitt Comp Literacy Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,195,941
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Composition and postcolonial studies : an introduction 1
Composing postcolonial studies 9
Toward a Mestiza rhetoric : Gloria Anzaldua on composition and postcoloniality 33
Terms of engagement : postcolonialism, transnationalism, and composition studies 67
Encountering the other : postcolonial theory and composition scholarship 84
Pratt and pratfalls : revisioning contact zones 95
Beside ourselves : rhetoric and representation in postcolonial feminist writing 110
Postcolonial transformations in Canadian Inuit testimonio 129
(Im)migrant crossings 143
Resisting writing : reflections on the postcolonial factor in the writing class 157
Arts of the U.S.-Mexico contact zone 171
Hybridity : a lens for understanding Mestizo/a writers 199
The politics of location : using flare-ups to spark "reflexive dialogue" in the ever-changing classroom text 218
The new literacy/orality debates : ebonics and the redefinition of literacy in multicultural settings 238
Notes 255
Bibliography 263
Contributors 279
Index 281
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