"The Spaces and Places that Mattered: Our Literacy Narratives" Panel for 3/14-15, 2014 CSUF Acacia Group Conference (12/4/13)

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Dr. Martha A. Webber
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The literacy narrative is a significant genre in the field of rhetoric and composition: Linda Brodkey's "Writing on the Bias," Richard Rodriguez's Hunger of Memory, and Mike Rose's Lives on the Boundary all work to demystify how these scholars came to a range of literacies and found a place for themselves in the academy and ultimately as professors of writing. At the same time their narratives demand readers to explore larger considerations about the socio-economic and cultural components of literate development and the valuation of English literacy in American society. Texts with vignette format, such as Jacqueline Jones Royster's article, "When the First Voice You Hear is Not Your Own," work to communicate important events or "flashes" in her development and reception as a rhetoric and composition scholar. Ultimately the literacy narrative works to resist dominant or totalizing narratives about education and this panel will work to vividly capture the "spaces and places" that mattered to the creative nonfiction readers who participate.

Email 150 word abstract of your literacy narrative to Dr. Martha Webber (include your affiliation and 1-3 sentences about yourself) by Wednesday, December 4 by 5pm PST