Faculty Publications

Title

Pleasure, pedagogy and oppression in the heartland

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Cultural pedagogy, Performativity, Rural culture, Working class

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Text and Performance Quarterly

Volume

18

Issue

1

First Page

37

Last Page

49

Abstract

Within the borders of the industrialized, literate, individualistic United States, there exist subcultures that cling to traditional collectivist values, discourse patterns and aesthetics. The popular culture of one such community is examined in this essay; a “voice” is heard in the rumblings, shouts and laughter of a picnic table driven through the tiny towns of Western Iowa. The pedagogy inherent in the folk art is easily subverted by the overlay of a literate metanarrative of interpretation that demands authorship and representation and abstracted meaning. Social significance and pedagogical legitimacy are seldom granted when individuals are not recognized as the voice of a communal perspective. Whether or not it is acknowledged by the oppressors, however, a community’s story is told in the performance of its own art. © 1998 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1998

DOI of published version

10.1080/10462939809366208

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