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2013 July College English, v75.6

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ISBN/ISSN: 0010-0994


College English
Volume 75, Number 6, July 2013

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From the Editor
Kelly Ritter

Emerging Voices: “Speak White”: Language Policy, Immigration Discourse, and Tactical Authenticity in a French Enclave in New England
Jason Peters
Abstract: This article provides a historical case study of the Sentinelle Affair, a conflict between French language rights and the English Only educational policies of the Catholic Church in New England in the 1920s. An analysis of this conflict reveals a correspondence between programs of language centralization and the production of language differences in the United States. The article explores the possibility that such language histories of white ethnic groups might provide grounds for creating what Malea Powell calls “a rhetoric and composition alliance.”

Translingual Literacy, Language Difference, and Matters of Agency
Min-Zhan Lu and Bruce Horner
Abstract: We argue that composition scholarship’s defenses of language differences in student writing reinforce dominant ideology’s spatial framework conceiving language difference as deviation from a norm of sameness. We argue instead for adopting a temporal-spatial framework defining difference as the norm of utterances, and defining languages, literacy practices, conventions, and contexts as always emergent, ongoing products of iterations, and thus manifestations of writer agency. Using the “White Shoes” essay from David Bartholomae’s “Inventing the University,” we show how such a framework addresses the writer’s agency iterating the “same,” and how it resolves concerns to meet students’ need and right to learn both dominant and subordinate languages.

Femicide and Rhetorics of Coadyuvante in Ciudad Juárez: Valuing Rhetorical Traditions in the Americas
Tricia C. Serviss
Abstract: This article analyzes the writings of activist women in modern-day Juárez, Mexico. I present their explanations about their own composition and delivery of two particular activist campaigns, highlighting the rhetorical strategies and practices they developed. Looking closely at these two campaigns, the article describes the rhetorical concept of coadyuvante developed by the activists in response to the rhetorical and material problem of femicide (the killing of women based on their gender) in Juárez.

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