Reading, Writing, and the Rhetorics of Whiteness

by Wendy Ryden,

In this volume, Ryden and Marshall bring together the field of composition and rhetoric with critical whiteness studies to show that in our "post race" era whiteness and racism not only survive but actually thrive in higher education. As they examine the effects of racism on contemporary literacy practices and the rhetoric by which white privilege maintains and reproduces itself, Ryden and Marshall consider topics ranging from the emotional investment in whiteness to the role of personal narrative in reconstituting racist identities to critiques of the foundational premises of writing programs steeped in repudiation of despised discourses. Marshall and Ryden alternate chapters to sustain a multi-layered dialogue that traces the rhetorical complexities and contradictions of teaching English and writing in a university setting. Their lived experiences as faculty and administrators serve to underscore the complex code of whiteness even as they push to decode it and demonstrate how their own pedagogical practices are raced and racialized in multiple ways. Collectively, the essays ask instructors and administrators to consider more carefully the pernicious nature of whiteness in their professional activities and how it informs our practices.

  • Taylor and Francis; October 2011
  • ISBN 9781136630606
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Reading, Writing, and the Rhetorics of Whiteness
  • Author: Wendy Ryden; Ian Marshall
  • Imprint: Routledge

In The Press

"Recommended" --Choice

"Wendy Ryden and Ian Marshall's Reading, Writing, and the Rhetorics of Whiteness is a difficult book, but an important one for scholars interested in rhetoric, whiteness studies, and basic writing. It is an eclectic and intricate set of musings on writing pedagogy, culture, and race, and it is this eclecticism that both challenges the reader and opens new possibilities for dialogue about the discursive and material dominance of whiteness." --Timothy Barnett in Composition Forum

About The Author

Ian Marshall is Assistant Professor of English at William Patterson University.

Wendy Ryden is Associate Professor of English at Long Island University--C.W. Post.