Midterm Reflection – Unsettling My Thinking and Plotting New Trajectories

In thinking about what I have learned in conversation and over the course of our reading schedule, I have encountered both new information as well as new ways to think about concepts that I brought with me to this course (for a background on some of what I am bringing here, please see my first …

TWA, Power, Proximity ad Literacies of Liberation / Limitation Therein

This week’s reflection will be less about academic thinking and more about sharing some of my feelings, in part because I feel like the topic of “attitudinal literacies and performances” (how I taxonomies this more broadly) taps into a conversation for which I have simultaneously felt strong (mostly very frustrated) emotions and seen few avenues …

Thinking About “Beyond Respectability”, Public Intellectualism and the “School of Social Conditions”

Although I've opted to share another text rather than Beyond Respectability, I can't help but feel that maybe our class has missed out on something by not touching on this text in a more direct way. Certainly, there is much to this material to which I think our cohort would have connected in terms of Cooper's discussion …

WEEK 4: Gilyard, Ethnography (?) and Agentive Acts

I think that, for a lot of people, one of the most striking elements of Keith Gilyard’s Voices of the Self is the form Gilyard’s exploration of various literacies takes. Though there is some similarity between this text and Smitherman’s Talkin and Testifyin—in terms of some of the colloquialisms Gilyard uses in his writing—a stark difference is marked …

Thinking About Talkin and Testifyin in the Context of the “Rhetorical Savviness” Concept

While the whole of Geneva Smitherman’s Talkin and Testifyin is fascinating and, for me, moving in its validation/contextualization of “black Englishes” in relation to other manifestations of black cultures/being, this week I wanted to focus specifically on chapter seven of Smitherman’s work: “Where Do We Go From Here? T.C.B.!” My initial interest in this chapter …