Race: The Absent Presence in Composition Studies

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Finds that "color- and power-evasive paradigms" for thinking about race dominate in public discourse; argues that they also dominate in composition studies. Pinpoints critical race theory as a movement of legal scholarship that investigates how racial inequities are sustained through legal discourses. Discusses the works of theorists Derrick Bell and Patricia Williams. (PA)
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-53
Number of pages18
JournalCollege Composition and Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 1998


  • racism
  • critical race theory
  • black people
  • discourse
  • literary criticism
  • written composition
  • law schools
  • civil rights movements
  • linguistics
  • alchemy


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