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Traversing the Democratic Borders of the Essay
Traversing the Democratic Borders of the Essay
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Cristina Kirklighter - Author
Gail Y. Okawa - Foreword by
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Hardcover - 172 pages
Release Date: July 2002
ISBN10: 0-7914-5467-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5467-1

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Release Date: July 2002
ISBN10: 0-7914-5468-1
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Release Date: February 2012
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Extends the borders of essay scholarship by reading Latin American and Latino/a essayists alongside European and American ones.  

Scholarship on the personal essay has focused on Western European and U. S. varieties of the form. In Traversing the Democratic Borders of the Essay, Cristina Kirklighter extends these boundaries by reading the Latin American and Latino/a essayists Paulo Freire, Victor Villanueva, and Ruth Behar, alongside such canonical figures as Montaigne, Bacon, Emerson, and Thoreau. In this fascinating journey into the commonalities and differences among these essayists, Kirklighter focuses on various elements of the personal essay—self-reflexivity, accessibility, spontaneity, and a rhetoric of sincerity—in order to argue for a more democratic form of writing in academia, one that would democratize the academy and promote nation-building. By using these elements in their teachings and writings, Kirklighter argues, educators can play a significant role in helping others who experience academic alienation achieve a better sense of belonging as they slowly dismantle the walls of the ivory tower.

“Students and scholars at all points on the theoretical spectrum will find this a stimulating read.” — CHOICE

“A rare and engaging book. Kirklighter speaks eloquently and persuasively, from the vantage points of tradition and personal experience, of the essay’s power as a more democratic, more accessible, and more inclusive form of scholarly communication.” — Xin Liu Gale, author of Teachers, Discourses, and Authority in the Postmodern Composition Classroom

“Written in a clear and accessible style, this book will be of great interest to critics and scholars working in the field of critical literacy and pedagogy, as well as those in the fields of Latino/a and Inter-American Studies.” — Santiago Juan-Navarro, author of Archival Reflections: Postmodern Fiction of the Americas (Self-Reflexivity, Historical Revisionism, Utopia)

Cristina Kirklighter is Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. She is the coeditor of Voices and Visions: Refiguring Ethnography in Composition.


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Table of Contents

Foreword
Gail Y. Okawa

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

The Personal, the Political, and the Rhetorical: Montaigne's and Bacon's Use of the Essay Form

Essaying an American Democratic Identity in Emerson and Thoreau

The Essay as Political/Cultural Critique in Latin America

Achieving a Place in Academia through the Personal Academic Essays of Victor Villanueva and Ruth Behar

2. The Personal, the Political, and the Rhetorical: Montaigne and Bacon's Use of the Essay Form

Brief Biography of Michel de Montaigne

Montaigne's Departure from Traditional Rhetorical Writing

Francis Bacon and the Essay

3. Essaying an American Democratic Identity in Emerson and Thoreau

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Biographical Background

Montaigne, Plutarch, Emerson, and the Essay

The Essay, Education, and the Formation of a U.S. National Identity

Emerson and "The American Scholar"

Henry David Thoreau

Historical and Political Background of Walden

Early Book Reviews of Walden and Its Significance to the Essay

4. The Essay as Political/Cultural Critique in Latin America

Freire's Place in Latin American History

Freire's Social Pedagogy and Its Tie to the Elements of the Essay

Freire's Pedagogical Ties to Self-Reflection in the Essay

Accessible Writing and the Freirian Essay

Freire and the Issue of Spontaneity

The Essay's Elements of Sincerity and Truthfulness in Freire’s Writings

5. Achieving a Place in Academia through the Personal Academic Essays of Victor Villanueva and Ruth Behar

Conversations with Victor Villanueva on Bootstraps and His Influence in Rhetoric and Composition

Villanueva's Use of Self-Reflection and Accessibility in Bootstraps

The Movement from Mimicry to Spontaneity in Villanueva's Academic Writings

Sincerity and Acceptance in Villanueva's Scholarship

Ruth Behar and Her Rise to Academic Prominence

Behar's Use of Self-Reflexivity and Accessibility to Reconcile Her Ethnographic Identity in Academia

Spontaneity and the Essay: Behar's Growing Resistance to Becoming a Translated Academic

Behar's Use of Sincere Writing to Uncover Her Truth as an Ethnographer

6. Conclusion

Works Cited

Index



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