What moves at the margins: Black queer poetics and the critical pedagogical imagination

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Robert Earl Randolph Jr. (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Leila Villaverde

Abstract: What Moves at the Margins is a critical rhetorical analysis that explores the literary work of three African American writers, while examining Black queer thematics, sensibilities, rhetorics, and pedagogies. The writers examined in this study include Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and Natasha Trethewey. Although these writers work in multiple genres, their writings include thematics about the meaning and experiences of Black people in America (blackness) and the sociopolitical responsibilities of Black writers to their community and nation. Their projects are critically pedagogical, in scope and praxis, and intersect critical pedagogical discourses. Additionally, this study utilizes a framework called Black queer poetics, which functions much like the word rhetorics, both the object of study and a set of analytics to study said object. Furthermore, the adoption of the phrase Black queer poetics illustrates a certain type of methodological flexibility that gestures towards the simultaneous study of a certain set of texts held in regard in the humanities and other disciplines while also highlighting queer(ing) rhetorical, analytical, ideological lenses.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
African American Literature, Black Queer Studies, Critical Pedagogy, Queer Theory, Rhetoric, Rhetorical Studies
Morrison, Toni $x Criticism and interpretation
Baldwin, James, $d 1924-1987 $x Criticism and interpretation
Trethewey, Natasha D., $d 1966- $x Criticism and interpretation
American literature $x African American authors $x History and criticism
English language ?z United States ?x Rhetoric
African Americans $x Intellectual life
Critical pedagogy

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