Race, Rhetoric, and Composition / Edition 1

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With all our talk about race, much of the conversation and its attendant activity has been emotive rather than analytic. Theorizing race has yet to catch up with all the personal, albeit necessary, reflections in classrooms and professional outlets. The aim of Race, Rhetoric, and Composition is to speed things along.

This volume is perhaps the most important and significant contribution yet made in rhetoric and composition to critical race studies. Eschewing conventional conversation about multiculturalism, these writers incorporate both materialist and less economically explicit analyses to examine, instead, some of the constructed qualities of "race." They consider the historical interplay of race and language, and current examples of racialized discourse-ranging from "Indian-ness" to "Orientalism" to "whiteness formation" to "Black aesthetics." At the same time, these authors provide practical guidance on addressing issues of race in the classroom, which writing instructors will find immediately useful.

It was Gilyard's goal from the start to provide a modest collection of aligned yet flexibly critical articulations about race, rhetoric, and composition. As such, his book is an excellent supplement to graduate texts. But there are no prerequisites for using Race, Rhetoric, and Composition other than a general curiosity about "race talk" in public discourse and about connections between "race" and college composition.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Gilyard's book helps my understanding a great deal. Straight up: I've already adopted it for a graduate seminar in composition.”–Journal of Advanced Composition
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867094848
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 4/6/1999
  • Series: CrossCurrents Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Gilyard, Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, has written and lectured extensively on language and literacy. Long active in professional organizations, he is a former Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. He is author or editor of twelve previous books, including Race, Rhetoric, and Composition (Boynton/Cook) and Voices of the Self, for which he received an American Book Award.
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Table of Contents

1. Blood and Scholarship: One Mixed-Blood's Story, M. Powell

News-Surfing the Race Question: Of Bell Curves, Words, and Rhetorical Metaphors, M. Carstarphen

Terrorists, Madmen, and Religious Fanatics? Revisiting Orientalism and Racist Rhetoric, A. Wardi

Higher Learning: Composition's Racialized Reflection, K. Gilyard

Fighting Back by Writing Black: Beyond Racially Reductive Composition Theory, D. Holmes

Racing (Erasing) White Privilege in Teacher/Research Writing About Race, A. Goodburn

Power, Conflict, and Contact: Re-constructing Authority in the Classroom, R. Murray, Jr.

Coming to Voice: "Anger Disguised and Complex, Not Anger Simple and Open," B. Peters

Removing Masks: Confronting Graceful Evasion and Bad Habits in a Graduate English Class, G. Okawa

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