Month: May 2016

Epideictic Rhetoric and the Literature Classroom?

A couple of years ago, when I was solidifying the focus on my dissertation, several topics wandered through my head. One of those topics, which I wish to expand upon through further research, came about as I was preparing a paper for the 2012 Rhetoric Society of America conference. The paper, “Epideictic Rhetoric, Athletes, and Veterans: A National Discourse,” focused on the rhetoric surrounding … Read More Epideictic Rhetoric and the Literature Classroom?

Conversation with Dr. Valerie Babb May 4, 2015

Conversation with Dr. Keith Clark April 22, 2015

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Jacqueline Woodson’s “brown girl dreaming” and Langston Hughes

At the 2016 College Language Association  (CLA) conference in Houston, TX, I went to a panel organized by the Langston Hughes Society, and I heard Sharon Lynette Jones present on Jacqueline Woodson’s literary relationship to Hughes in her book brown girl dreaming (2014). Jones spoke on the textual interplay between Hughes and Woodson, specifically focusing on Hughes’s “Dreams” and Woodson’s “learning from langston.” Jones’s presentation … Read More Jacqueline Woodson’s “brown girl dreaming” and Langston Hughes

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The White Presence in Jesmyn Ward’s “Salvage the Bones”

After attending the 2016 College Language Association (CLA) conference, I finally read Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones (2011). Ward provided the keynote speech at the conference’s awards banquet, and upon hearing her, I knew that I had to reach onto my shelf, pull down Esch’s story, and read it. The novel, of course, contains numerous items that warrant exploration and discussion. At CLA, I … Read More The White Presence in Jesmyn Ward’s “Salvage the Bones”