Archive forNovember, 2010

November 30, 2010 | 781 Comments

Cheryl Johnson’s “Participatory Rhetoric” caught my attention with the notion that the reader and text are not the only entities in the rhetorical relationship–that, additionally, there is a third party “mediating” the reading of the text: “I have wondered how much my students’ of my racial/gendered body informs their reading of the literary texts” (389). […]

One of the most thought-provoking concepts in Mary Sheridan’s piece is Dorothy Smith’s notion of documentary realities, or the idea that “[i]nstitutionally important texts reflect and construct” social relations (5). This is a given, I think, but it’s not something of which most people, especially college students, are conscious. Encouraging ourselves to pay attention to […]

Translating Intent

November 2, 2010 | 171 Comments

Among the questions that this week’s readings brought to mind, one that recurred frequently concerned the intent behind feminist research. Nancy Naples describes the ethical dimensions of standpoint theory: Postmodern analysts of ethnographic practice emphasize how relationships between researchers and those whose lives they study are dynamic and ever-changing. Furthermore, from this perspective on power, […]