MONDAYS WITH CARMEN KYNARD
Welcome to Nicole's RR#3 "which is a paper collage on a 18x6 inch stretched canvas frame. The images were pulled from various magazines from the last few years, including Oprah's magazine as well as Cosmopolitan. The imagery both references Afrofuturism and is inherently anachronistic, as the antique clock is layered between images of 'present' and 'future' times. The women at the bottom is lounging in what might be interpreted as a past-present-future act of rest as resistance (@thenapministry). In almost a dream-like form, the women above her stands resilient, confident, facing forward. Her reflection is seen looking either backward or at the viewer in the shattered glass above her shoulder."
- Please note that your blue book (or one-pager) is not due until November 28--- after you have had some time away from your notes and ideas.
- Read your YAL novel for next week. Come to class ready to talk about the final project of the course and the letter assignment that you have for next week.
IV. "Literacy in the Spaces Left": Small Group Activity & Discussion (after reading excerpt of Street' work)
The ‘autonomous’ model of literacy works from the assumption that literacy in itself – autonomously – will have effects on other social and cognitive practices. The model, however, disguises the cultural and ideological assumptions that underpin it and that can then be presented as though they are neutral and universal ... The alternative, ideological model of literacy ... offers a more culturally sensitive view of literacy practices as they vary from one context to another. This model starts from different premises than the autonomous model – it posits instead that literacy is a social practice, not simply a technical and neutral skill ... It is about knowledge: the ways in which people address reading and writing are themselves rooted in conceptions of knowledge, identity, being. Literacy, in this sense, is always contested.
In groups, discuss the following:
- How familiar are you with Street or NLS--- or Literacy with an "S"?
- Together, in your own words define the following: literacy, literacies, rhetorics, writing studies, composition studies. What are the differences and overlaps?
- Discuss your readings for the week. How would you define Black feminist literacies based on all that you have heard today? How would you "map" it?