The professional journal for the college teacher-scholar
Vol. 81, No. 3, January 2019
Although colleges and universities claim to distribute the benefits of writing more or less democratically, they are also race- and
Kara Poe Alexander
In this essay, I analyze Malala Yousafzai’s memoir as a literacy narrative. When read as such, the book subverts Eurocentric imperialist paradigms and destabilizes the literacy myth. Yousafzai accomplishes this by performing “little” narratives of literacy that, together, promote literacy as a collective, universal achievement situated in a cultural ecology of literacy. She thus sidesteps questions of individual achievement and avoids falling prey to commodification claims. Malala’s story opens up new possibilities for sharing stories of literacy by offering multiple pathways to understand literacy and identity both locally and globally.
Dylan B. Dryer
Scholarly keyword investigations rely on the bibliographic diligence of well-read reviewers to sift complexities of important words like "process" or "identity." Yet meanings of words have as much to do with how they are "primed" by the repeated historical contexts of neighboring words as they do with the intentions of their users. To augment existing keyword essays, this article shares results of an analysis of priming patterns for 15 keywords distilled from a 14-million-word corpus of articles from 12 writing studies journals, which are shown to contain multiple and sometimes contradictory meanings of putatively shared words like "practice," "language," and even "writing."