Voices of the Self: A Study of Language Competence

Voices of the Self A Study of Language Competence A unique blend of memoir and scholarship Keith Gilyard s Voices of the Self is a penetrating analysis of the linguistic and cultural collision experienced by African American students in the public e

  • Title: Voices of the Self: A Study of Language Competence
  • Author: Keith Gilyard
  • ISBN: 9780814322253
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • A unique blend of memoir and scholarship, Keith Gilyard s Voices of the Self is a penetrating analysis of the linguistic and cultural collision experienced by African American students in the public education system Gilyard examines black students negotiate their way through school and discusses the tension between the use of Black English and Standard English, underlA unique blend of memoir and scholarship, Keith Gilyard s Voices of the Self is a penetrating analysis of the linguistic and cultural collision experienced by African American students in the public education system Gilyard examines black students negotiate their way through school and discusses the tension between the use of Black English and Standard English, underlining how that tension is representative of the deeper conflict that exists between black culture and white expectations Vivid descriptions often humorous, sometimes disturbing, always moving of Gilyard s own childhood experiences in school and society are interlaced with chapters of solid sociolinguistic scholarship Encompassing the perspectives of both the street and the academy, Voices of the Self presents an eloquent argument for cultural and linguistic pluralism in American public schools.

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    1. Read for class. It was an interesting take on language, kind of a study in linguistics and learning styles intertwined with the story of a young african american man.

    2. Gilyard's book has become a classic in the field of rhetoric and composition. His unique blend of narrative and analysis sheds light on his ideas in concrete ways. I highly recommend this for all educators.

    3. So it's hard for me to say exactly how I felt about this book. At times I really enjoyed reading Gilyard's narrative. But then sometimes I felt frustrated because the book felt kind of choppy and then would drag. And then I felt myself getting annoyed with Keith for making some poor decisiosn. Yet those poor decisions also helped me better understand him and African American boys in general. So I didn't love all parts of this book but I appreciate what he tried to do by writing it. I think this [...]

    4. Gilyard's work offers an excellent insight into HIS experience and the experience of many Black students in the U.S. in terms of schooling, discipline, and learning how to use the master's tools (language and identity discourse) in order to succeed.It is a memoir-scholarly work-narrative fusion. He uses his own experiences and speaks back to them using academic scholarship and commentary. Is the work perfect? No. But it was never intended to be. It is his memoir and for those wishing to hear mor [...]

    5. I'm familiar with his writing strategy here -- mixing personal narrative with a discussion of the then-current scholarship. The narratives are poignant and telling, but a) his discussion of the scholarship is light and rarely critical, while b) his ties to the narrative and scholarship are often tenuous. This would be an acceptable undergrad introduction to demonstrate memoir and qualitative research, but it lacks the weightiness needed for a critical examination as to how place, society, enviro [...]

    6. good, his critique of Richard Rodriguez was interesting too. I think Gilyard assigns priority to personal agency than structural hegemony, the former to which Rodriguez subscribes.

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