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Recent discussions of teaching composition in the context of cultural studies have begun to consider the condition of the writing subject in society, yet these discussions construct student-writer S(s)ubject(ivitie)s at the poles of modernist-identity and postmodern-difference binary opposition that is politically problematic. The identity of the modernist Subject is defined in terms of its objective relationship to reality and its opposition to "Other" (different) subjects, and the construction of the modernist Subject is an effect of ethnocentric formulations of identity in opposition to difference. But modernist objective identity and postmodern undecidable difference are both theoretical illusions. Through cultural studies, however, scholars can realize the dialectical relationship between identity and difference in the practice of lived culture, and a cultural studies approach to teaching writing encourages student writers to construct subject positions in the aporia between this modernist-identity and postmodern-difference opposition. For instance, in a composition class students examine the banning of 2 Live Crew's album "As Nasty as They Wanna Be" in a federal district court in Florida. Students are asked to write a position statement on two essays that represent competing views of the 2 Live Crew controversy, one by Jon Pareles and one by George Will. Excerpts from student essays demonstrate the spirit of negotiation and the construction of subject positions. (Contains 4 notes and 11 references.) (TB)

Descriptors: Critical Reading, Cultural Awareness, Discourse Communities, Higher Education, Modernism, Popular Culture, Postmodernism, Self Concept, Writing Assignments, Writing Instruction

Autor: McComiskey, Bruce

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10401&id=ED392042

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