Voices of the Self

Voices of the Self

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A unique blend of memoir and scholarship, Keith Gilyard's Voices of the Self is a penetrating analysis of the linguistic and cultural qcollisionq experienced by African-American students in the public education system. Gilyard examines black students qnegotiateq 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 descriptionsa€”often humorous, sometimes disturbing, always movinga€”of Gilyard's own childhood experiences in school and society are interlaced with chapters of solid sociolinguistic scholarship. Encompassing the perspectives of both the qstreetq and the qacademy, q Voices of the Self presents an eloquent argument for cultural and linguistic pluralism in American public schools.In the memoirs and/or case studies of Jonathan Kozol (1968), Gerald Levy (1970) , and Daniel Fader (1971), the third grade ... will indeed develop the academic ability to succeed throughout public school if they can but weather the early years , ... In this chapter I will assess my own school pilgrimage through that apparently crucial third grade, analyzing the factors that allowed me to negotiate the passageanbsp;...

Title:Voices of the Self
Author:Keith Gilyard
Publisher:Wayne State University Press - 1991-07-01


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