Anzaldua&africanrhetoricRDGqs - Rhetorical Foundations COMM...

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Rhetorical Foundations COMM 3300 Encyclopedia of Rhetoric Entries: African-American Rhetoric Gloria Anzald úa: Borderlands excerpt Both readings for today represent an expansion of the tradition of rhetoric. In addition to incorporating women’s voices, other marginalized voices are increasingly added to the study and practice of rhetoric. Further, these voices, and the experiences that feed them, begin to shape rhetorical theory and our understanding of what rhetoric is, and how it works. African-American Rhetoric (read “An Overview”, “Abolitionist Rhetoric” and “Double- consciousness”) Anzaldúa (specifically) 1 Describe la mestiza as Anzaldúa employs the concept. La mestiza, can be described as a new consciousness in which we are aware of all the races in the world and there is no such thing as white racial purity. I believe Anzaldua is describing an individual that has no specific racial identity and is accepted in all cultures because the mestiza is all cultures mixed into one individual. “… la mestiza is a product of the transfer of the cultural and spiritual values of one group to another…the mestiza faces the dilemma of the mixed breed: which collectivity does the daughter of a darkskinned mother listen to?” [p 100]. 2 Why is “a tolerance for ambiguity” necessary? A tolerance for ambiguity is necessary to la mestiza in that she needs to be able to learn all different cultures and what it means to be an individual in each culture. In order to understand the world la mestiza must view it from all perspectives. “the work takes place underground- subconsciously. It is the work that the soul performs. That focal point or fulcrum, that juncture where the mestiza stands, is where phenomena tend to collide. It is where the possibility of
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course COMM 3300 taught by Professor Vogelaar,a during the Summer '08 term at Colorado.

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