Description : A collection of twenty-one essays by David Bartholomae, Writing on the Margins includes selections that have helped shape the discipline of composition studies. With a wide-ranging introduction and three retrospective postscripts to set the essays in context, it serves as a valuable reference and as a powerful introduction to crucial issues in the field. This book has been awarded the MLA's Mina P. Shaugnessy Award, recognizing an outstanding research publication on the teaching of English.
Description : This book explores the unique contributions of various forms of post-2000 life-writings such as the autobiography, epistles, and biographies, to discourses about the nature and socio-politics of what has become known as the Zimbabwean crisis (c. 2000–2009). Much of what has been written about the Zimbabwean crisis – a decade-long period of unprecedented economic collapse and political upheavals in the southern African country – is strictly discipline-specific and therefore limited to unidimensional modes of theorising the crisis’s many and complex dimensions and dynamics. In this context, this book charts a paradigm shift in hermeneutic and epistemological approaches to comprehending the Zimbabwean crisis. Life-Writing from the Margins in Zimbabwe centres the experiences and memories of ordinary Zimbabweans in pluralizing modes of seeing and knowing the crisis. The book argues that these life-writings present a rich site for encountering versions of the crisis that relate in counter-discursive ways, to the dominant, state-authored narrative of the nation in crisis. Oliver Nyambi’s analysis contributes new ideas to ongoing debates about how cultural texts reflect on the postcoloniality of both power, and experiences and negotiations of power in the context of crisis. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of African literature, Zimbabwean/African studies, postcolonial literature, life-writing and cultural studies.
Description : With contributions from leading American and European scholars, this collection of original essays surveys the actors and the modes of writing history from the "margins" of society, focusing specifically on African Americans. Nearly 100 years after The Journal of Negro History was founded, this book assesses the legacy of the African American historians, mostly amateur historians initially, who wrote the history of their community between the 1830s and World War II. Subsequently, the growth of the civil rights movement further changed historical paradigms--and the place of African Americans and that of black writers in publishing and in the historical profession. Through slavery and segregation, self-educated and formally educated Blacks wrote works of history, often in order to inscribe African Americans within the main historical narrative of the nation, with a two-fold objective: to make African Americans proud of their past and to enable them to fight against white prejudice. Over the past decade, historians have turned to the study of these pioneers, but a number of issues remain to be considered. This anthology will contribute to answering several key questions concerning who published these books, and how were they distributed, read, and received. Little has been written concerning what they reveal about the construction of professional history in the nineteenth century when examined in relation to other writings by Euro-Americans working in an academic setting or as independent researchers.
Description : The lives of Jack Mueller and John Rubaker unknowingly intertwine through the juxtaposition of fiction and reality. Both write in journals as a type of therapy -- Jack needs to understand the unwanted changes in his life, and John grapples with his inadequacies and depression. The journal entries change from a healing mechanism to nothing short of miraculous. Suddenly, wishes written down come true. Words create reality. Words create life changes. In a twist reminiscent of Walter Mitty, the characters live in medieval times, the Elizabethan era, and in the 1920's. Extraordinary twists and turns take the reader on an unforgettable adventure of the mind. This intriguing tale questions what is reality, what is fake, and whether one is better than the other.
Description : One of the most influential and creative scholars in medical anthropology takes stock of his recent intellectual odysseys in this collection of essays. Arthur Kleinman, an anthropologist and psychiatrist who has studied in Taiwan, China, and North America since 1968, draws upon his bicultural, multidisciplinary background to propose alternative strategies for thinking about how, in the postmodern world, the social and medical relate. Writing at the Margin explores the border between medical and social problems, the boundary between health and social change. Kleinman studies the body as the mediator between individual and collective experience, finding that many health problems—for example the trauma of violence or depression in the course of chronic pain—are less individual medical problems than interpersonal experiences of social suffering. He argues for an ethnographic approach to moral practice in medicine, one that embraces the infrapolitical context of illness, the responses to it, the social institutions relating to it, and the way it is configured in medical ethics. Previously published in various journals, these essays have been revised, updated, and brought together with an introduction, an essay on violence and the politics of post-traumatic stress disorder, and a new chapter that examines the contemporary ethnographic literature of medical anthropology.
Description : In texts from the mid-Heian to the early Kamakura periods, certain figures appear to be "marginal" or removed from "centers" of power. But why do we see these figures in this way? This study first seeks to answer this question by examining the details of the marginalizing discourse found in these texts. Who is portraying whom as marginal? For what reason? Is the discourse consistent? The author next considers these texts in terms of the predilection of modern scholarship, both Japanese and Western, to label certain figures "marginal." She then poses the question: Is this predilection a helpful tool or does it inscribe modern biases and misconceptions onto these texts?
Description : Political activists with radical ideas often find themselves shut out of the mainstream news media. <I>Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream is designed for activists who want to take on that challenge. Based on the author's experience as a journalist, activist, and academic, this book offers insight into radical politics and mass media and then moves on to describe practical strategies for breaking into the mainstream. Illustrated by the author's own opinion columns published in daily newspapers, <I>Writing Dissent explains how journalists work and how activists can successfully work with them.
Description : Like Her Fiction, Shashi Deshpande S Essays Hold A Universal Appeal, Even When Firmly Entrenched In The Social Realities Of Our Everyday Life And Grappling With Issues That Are Particularly Indian. Some Of The Finest Pieces In This Collection Deal With Language And Writing: The Prickly And Often Acrimonious Issue Of English, The Deep And Unfortunate Divide Between English And The Regional Languages, The Importance And Necessity Of Translations, The Compulsions Of The Global Market On Literature, A Writer S Obligation To Self-Censorship, The Moral Vision That Underscores All Good Writing, The Unshakable Worth Of Readers And Much More. There Are Also Essays In Which Shashi Deshpande Talks About Her Own Craft, How Each One Of Her Novels Took Shape, Going Into Particulars And Readily Sharing Confidentialities So That Readers Will Experience The Same Intimacy They Encounter In Her Novels. Much Of Her Writing Is Shaped By The Fact That She Is A Woman. With Unflinching Honesty She Clearly Articulates The Difficulties Of Writing As A Politically Aware Woman, Touching Upon Matters Of Contention Such As Gender, Feminism, Marginalization And The Relevance Of Reworking Myths. Thought-Provoking And Engaging, This Collection Showcases, For The First Time, The Broad Sweep Of Deshpande S Non-Fiction Writing.