Graduate Student Conference, Rhetoric, Race, and Readers
24th of April 2010 at Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Reading as a social and cultural activity enmeshes reader and text in an exchange that requires both compromise and collaboration. As graduate students, we are expected to apply critical theory to the texts we read with objectivity, but we recognize that as readers we bring our experiences and acquired social constructs to our reading. We are interested in exploring the conversation that results when reader and text come from different racial or cultural backgrounds or when a text expands what Jauss terms the reader's "horizon of expectation" with regard to race, racial boundaries, and cultural attitudes toward race.