ERIC Number: EJ1208802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Inhuman Literacies and Affective Refusals: Thinking with Sylvia Wynter and Secondary School English
Truman, Sarah E.
Curriculum Inquiry, v49 n1 p110-128 2019
This paper considers how literacy and education more broadly reflect and reproduce world views and communicative practices rooted in the western epistemological conceptualization of what Sylvia Wynter calls "Man". I frictionally think-with Wynter's hybridity of bios and logos (mythoi), and more-than-human theories in relation to an in-school study in a secondary English classroom. I focus on how affect and refusal have the potential to operate as "inhuman literacies" that can unsettle the humanism of normative approaches to literacy education. Finally, I engage with Wynter's "homo narrans," which is the idea that we became who we are as a species in part through storytelling. While this storying capability has been used to uphold and reinforce the dominant world order, it also has the potential to rupture humanism from within.
Descriptors: English Instruction, Secondary School Students, Literacy, World Views, Affective Behavior, Humanism, Story Telling, Grade 9, Creative Writing, Western Civilization, Student Attitudes, Student Diversity, Muslims, Physical Activities, Brainstorming, Foreign Countries, Poetry
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education; Grade 9; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)