LINGUIST List 14.1704

Mon Jun 16 2003

Books: Literacy, AAVE: Richardson

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  1. jleppig, African American Literacies: Richardson

Message 1: African American Literacies: Richardson

Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 15:06:27 +0000
From: jleppig <>
Subject: African American Literacies: Richardson

Title: African American Literacies
Series Title: Literacies
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)		 
Author: Elaine Richardson, Penn State University 

Paperback: ISBN: 0415268834, Pages: 176, Price: 22.95

African American Literacies is a study of literacy and rhetoric &
composition from the perspective of African American experiences.
Richardson argues for an expanded conception of African American
Vernacular English, which recognizes not only respect for surface
elements but also its Standards, its ideologies and rhetorical
practices that all contribute to the universe of Black discourse, and
its role in the enrichment of American rhetorics, discourses and
literacies. Richardson argues that implementing this view of literacy
education will not only improve the literacy achievement of African
American students, but rhetorical education for all.

"Elaine Richardson's African-American Literacies is a profoundly
powerful and moving book. Though much has been written on Richardson's
themes, her book is full of fresh ideas." James Paul Gee, University
of Wisconsin at Madison,

"Elaine Richardson has brought an energizing, critical black voice
into the conversation on African-American literacy by grounding this
book in African-American ways of speaking and knowing. The daughter of
an African-American community where reading and writing failure often
shortcircuited academic success, she is well equipped to confront
attempted culture-cide in the writing classroom." Arthur K. Spears,
The City University of New York

Lingfield(s): Ling & Literature
		Literacy (Ling & Literature)
Subject Language(s): African-American Vernacular English

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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