Becoming a Writerly Self: College Writers Engaging Black Feminist Essays, Juanita Rodgers Comfort

Becoming a Writerly Self: College Writers Engaging Black Feminist Essays, Juanita Rodgers Comfort

This article asserts that personal essays by black feminist writers such as June Jordan might be used to teach first-year and advanced student writers how to connect their personal and social identities in ways that will enhance the rhetorical impact of their writing while transcending mere “confession” or self-indulgence.

Power, Authority, and Critical Pedagogy, Patricia Bizzell

Power, Authority, and Critical Pedagogy, Patricia Bizzell

ABSTRACT: This essay addresses the problem of left-liberal educators who want to promote their own values through their teaching but fear that doing so would contradict these values. The problem may arise from an oversimple notion of power as always oppressive; whereas a three-part model of power can show that it has legitimate forms, e.g., “authority.” The notion of authority is developed through analysis of the work of Henry Giroux, Elizabeth Ellsworth, and bell hooks [this author spells her name without initial caps].