A VERY CHALLENGING ARTICLE on the stresses of racial equity work by faculty at a Minnesota community college: “A Tragedy in Five Acts.”
NEW AT COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY: Reclaiming Derogatory Labels
Writing in the new College English, Gregory Coles traces how and why terms like “black” and “queer” have been made available for laudatory or descriptive public use while other terms remain restricted to in-group use.
BATTLE IS LOST: Welcome to “Singular They”!
A sad day for grammar purists: The Washington Post will allow “singular they”!
MORE ON SINGULAR “THEY” FROM DENNIS BARON’S WEB OF LANGUAGE
NEW AT COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY: Heterosexual Readers Read LGBT Novels.
Writing in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, John Pruitt reports on a case study of eight heterosexual students who chose LGBT novels and met to discuss them without a teacher’s intervention. Recording the sessions, Pruitt discovered concerns about “authenticity”; he posits that the need to create authenticity in depicting a culture can encourage essentialized perceptions of that culture, despite the diversity of its members. He feels that insights into what students bring to literature before an instructor’s theoretical framing helps him better understand how to teach literature about difference.