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Writing in Multicultural Settings

Editor(s): Carol Severino, Juan C. Guerra, Johnnella E. Butler

Pages: xi & 370 pp.
Published: 1997
ISBN: 9780873525848

"This volume should be on the shelf of any academic library and read by faculty and graduate students who teach writing to diverse student populations and who are themselves representatives of diverse backgrounds."

The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

The twenty essays and four responses ("cross-talks") in this volume, the fifth in the Research and Scholarship in Composition series, confront the challenges presented by the racial, ethnic, class, gender, religious, age, and physical-ability differences among today's writing students. The contributors, who teach in classrooms and writing centers at a variety of private and public institutions, discuss their immersion in students' discourses and cultures and balance descriptions of their teaching experiences with careful and critical reflection.

The volume begins and ends with sections examining the tensions and conflicts in the classroom; the two sections in between focus more specifically on texts and curricula and on teaching English as a second language. The cross-talk that concludes each section synthesizes and critiques the essays.

Writing in Multicultural Settings is essential, thought-provoking reading for college administrators, writing teachers, and scholars and students in composition studies.

Table of Contents


Part I: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Embracing a Multicultural Rhetoric
Bonnie Lisle and Sandra Mano

Whose Voice Is It Anyway? Marked Features in the Writing of Black English Speakers
Denise Troutman

Teaching American Indian Students: Interpreting the Rhetorics of Silence
Michelle Grijalva

Exploring Bias in Essay Tests
Liz Hamp-Lyons

"Real Niggaz's Don't Die": African American Students Speaking Themselves into Their Writing
Kermit E. Campbell

Negotiating Authority through One-to-One Collaboration in the Multicultural Writing Center
Susan Blalock

Cross-Talk: Talking Cross-Difference
Gail Y. Okawa

Part II: The Roles of Teachers and Texts

Two Approaches to "Cultural Text": Toward Multicultural Literacy
Carol Severino

Decolonizing the Classroom: Freshman Composition in a Multicultural Setting
Esha Niyogi De and Donna Uthus Gregory

Writing Identities: The Essence of Difference in Multicultural Classrooms
Wendy S. Hesford

Composition Readers and the Construction of Identity
Sandra Jamieson

"But Isn't This the Land of the Free?": Resistance and Discovery in Student Responses to Farewell to Manzanar
Virginia A. Chappell

Cross-Talk: Teachers, Texts, Readers, and Writers
Cecilia Rodríguez MilanĂ©s

Part III: ESL Issues

Contrastive Rhetoric: Implications for Teachers of Writing in Multicultural Classrooms
Ulla Connor

Differences in ESL and Native-English-Speaker Writing: The Research and Its Implications
Tony Silva

Cultural Conflicts in the Writing Center: Expectations and Assumptions of ESL Students
Muriel Harris

Cross-Talk: ESL Issues and Contrastive Rhetoric
Ilona Leki

Part IV: Sociocultural and Pedagogical Tensions

The Place of Intercultural Literacy in the Writing Classroom
Juan C. Guerra

The Politics of Difference: Toward a Pedagogy of Reciprocity
Mary Soliday

An Afrocentric Multicultural Writing Project
Henry L. Evans

"Better Than What People Told Me I Was": What Students of Color Tell Us about the Multicultural Composition Classroom
Carol A. Miller

Students on the Border
Kate Mangelsdorf

When the Writing Test Fails: Assessing Assessment at an Urban College
Barbara Gleason

Cross-Talk: Toward Transcultural Writing Classrooms
Keith Gilyard

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