hooks, bell. 1994. “Teaching New Worlds/New Words.”

hooks, bell. 1994. “Teaching New Worlds/New Words.” Teaching to Transgress. Pp. 167-175.

Language is not held back by boundaries – exists within mind and body.

“This is the oppressor’s language yet I need it to talk to you”- Adrienne Rich – the significance of oppressive powers of language, expression, ideology. Questions, does this statement not disempower those who are just learning language, using it to claim subjectivity?

Homogenization of language obscures experiences, marginalizes – instill fear, remove culture and identity.

Reclamation of languages, subversion of standard English as a means to create sites of alternative cultural production and resistance.


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