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Bill Brydon

Performing (Dis)Ability in the Classroom: Pedagogy and (Con)Tensions - Text and Perform... - 0 views

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    Disability has become a pervasive and contested issue on college campuses, and instructors and students find themselves occupying physical and discursive spaces that hold great pedagogical potential. This essay pursues such a consideration. It examines one physically disabled student's staged performances of a personal narrative, her ethnography of a university's disabled student services office, an in-depth interview with the student, and the author's family experiences with disability to illustrate the ways a performative pedagogy offers insight into (dis)ability in the classroom. The analysis illuminates the classroom as a site for identity negotiation, performance as a tool to deconstruct and reconstruct notions of ability, and family relationships as an integral part of a critical communication pedagogy
Bill Brydon

Missing Bodies: Troubling the Colonial Landscape of American Academia - Text and Perfor... - 0 views

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    Subjugated bodies continue to be missing from classrooms, faculty meetings, and educational structures everywhere. Where are the excluded bodies? Where is the untheorized visceral experience of everyday discrimination? Possibilities of inclusiveness must be viscerally felt, not simply disembodiedly spoken. Merely claiming to be a progressive teacher-writer isn't enough to achieve a decolonizing praxis. This claim needs to come from an embodied performance in the classroom, a place where teachers and students alike can perform the scars of oppression on their bodies. Teacher and student bodies, in-between the colonial and postcolonial experience, can then become more present in teaching and praxis.
Bill Brydon

Rethinking Critical Pedagogy: Implications on Silence and Silent Bodies - Text and Perf... - 0 views

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    Many critical pedagogy scholars claim that agency and dialogue in the classroom can only be achieved through students' engagement in verbal deliberation to "voice" against oppressive actions. As current discourses in the critical pedagogy literature tend to consider silence as a negative attribute in the classroom, I argue that they privilege a western construct and a very particular way of being and thinking. By using performative pedagogy as a theoretical framework, it is imperative to discuss the macro and micro implications of how discourses in the critical pedagogy literature affect how we understand silence theoretically and pedagogically.
Bill Brydon

You Had Me at Foucault: Living Pedagogically in the Digital Age - Text and Performance ... - 0 views

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    This essay examines the role of technology and social media in the performance of decentered heteronormative bodily and pedagogical power. Today's teaching spaces occupy traditional, physical outlets but also imaginary, online gathering places such as blogs, Twitter, and Facebook that have become extensions of our pedagogical bodies. I argue that feminism and queer theory-united by Foucault's upheaval of norms-provide critical sites to engage this discussion. Where feminism has become accessible inside and outside the classroom, resistance to queer theory persists. I share some of my own experiences with bodily ambiguity via teaching and living with social media that I hope can bridge the accessibility gap to move toward an emancipatory theory of pedagogical bodies in the digital age.
Bill Brydon

Project MUSE - Pedagogy - Performing Discussion: The Dream of a Common Language in the ... - 0 views

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    This article argues that students still must be encouraged to participate in active, interpretive communities that build viable textual meanings in literature classes (and elsewhere). It questions how instructors in student-centered classrooms negotiate t
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