The Rhetoric of Diversity and the Traditions of American Literary Study: Critical Multiculturalism in English

Synopsis

Antonette posits a critical multicultural literacy theory that investigates the construction of categories of cultural identity and the ways in which relationships are set up among those identities. This analysis allows consideration of the ways Anglo-American cultural identity is often effaced, made transparent, or "unraced," not only in the text but also in traditional critical readings of a text, which reifies the universality of Anglocentric culture and maintains traditional relations of power.