Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Topic: "Street Lit."

10-second review: A new genre is called “street lit,” “hip-hop lit,” “ghetto fiction,” and “hip-hop fiction” aimed at urban black girls who will likely read it outside of school.

Title: “Ghetto Fabulous: Reading Black Adolescent Femininity in Contemporary Urban Street Fiction.” E Marshall, J Stapler and S Gibson. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (September 2009), 28-36. The secondary school publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).

Summary: Two of the genre’s less promising titles are Bitch and Whore. Authors suggest reading this type of fiction as a bridge to the standard reading in school.

Quote: “…motivate and facilitate meaningful instances of self-efficacy for all students and particularly those Black adolescent girls who have been historically marginalized within and excluded from meaningful engagement with texts in English classrooms.”

Comment: If the teacher is going to make any connections between street lit and standard lit, the teacher is going to have to read some of it. RayS.

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