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Still Seeking an Attitude : Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan :  Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan - Valerie Kinloch

Still Seeking an Attitude : Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan

Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan

By: Valerie Kinloch (Editor), Margret Grebowicz (Editor), Christina Accomando (Contribution by), Kirsten Bartholomew (Contribution by), Ramona J. Coleman (Contribution by)

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Still Seeking an Attitude examines how June Jordan's literature represents truth and justice in light of the global, oppressive denial of language, civil rights, and political asylum of people of color. A powerful compilation by a team of literary experts, this collection illuminates Jordan's platform of anti-intellectualism and democracy; gender differences, poetry and the aesthetics of resistance; the theoretical and practical purposes of Black English; the significance of Jordan's children's literature; and the pedagogical implications of teaching Jordan's works.

Despite her tragic premature death, June Jordan remains an essential American writer, ludic and transgressive, whose work rescues the idea and ideals of American culture from their current debasement in government. Her poems and essays continue to spark delight, rage, and an energy which . . . is in itself an act of resistance. This thoughtful critical collection on Jordan's poetry and prose . . . will enable a new generation of readers to take June Jordan's writing as example, inspiration, and permission, and will incite the both the activists and the scholars among them to keep it firmly in view. -- Marilyn Hacker

Editors' Introduction: "Olive and Us: Notes for an Empire of Barbarians"p. 1
Individual and National Identity in a (Not So) Democratic State
Poem: "Case in Point"p. 13
"This is the Only Time to Come Together": June Jordan's Publics and the Possibility of Democracyp. 15
Exposing the Lie of Neutrality: June Jordan's Affirmative Actsp. 33
Narrating Nation: Exploring the Space of Americanness and the Place of African American Women through the Works of June Jordanp. 49
Who Says It's Not a Language? Black English in Theory and Practice
Poem: "What Would I Do White?"p. 69
Black English as a Linguistic System: A Statement about Our Rightsp. 71
Telling Her Own Truth: June Jordan, Standard English, and the Epistemology of Ignorancep. 87
Notes Toward a Multicultural Writing Center: The Problems of Language in a Democratic Statep. 101
Radicalizing Children's Lives and Literatures
Poem: "One Minus One Minus One"p. 117
"Affirmative Acts": Language, Childhood, and Power in June Jordan's Cross-Writingp. 119
Taking Children Seriously: June Jordan's Contribution to African American Children's Literaturep. 145
Beyond "Orientation": On Sex, Poetry, and the Violability of Childrenp. 157
The Art of Resistance, or Poetics Politicized
Poem: "Calling on All Silent Minorities"p. 173
Performing "Righteous Certainty": The Shifting Poetic Address of June Jordan's War Resistance Poetryp. 175
June Jordan's Radical Pedagogy: Activist Poetry in Public Educationp. 189
Finding a Democratic Speech: The Intercultural Poetics and Pedagogy of June Jordan's Poetry for the Peoplep. 209
Writers Reflect
Poem: "War and Memory"p. 235
Writing War, Writing Memoryp. 243
Words & Rosesp. 257
June, with lovep. 259
A Colored Democracy: "Cultural Exchange" Revisitedp. 261
Directed by Desirep. 265
Selected Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 275
About the Contributorsp. 281
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ISBN: 9780739108758
ISBN-10: 0739108751
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 294
Published: November 2004
Publisher: Lexington Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 16.1  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.55