Discussion for the RCWS Literacy Studies Forum
The Fetish of Style
This was a talk given at the Literacy Studies Forum session at MLA 2016. I argue that The Elements of Style by Strunk and White comes out of a history connecting it to the nineteenth century "conversation handbook" (Connors) and other cultural guides to middlebrow identity formation including The Book-Of-The-Month Club. The Elements of Style is a guide to a genteel language performance rooted in the racialized, gendered and classed discourses of these middlebrow cultural objects.
Proposal for RCWS Literacy Studies Forum
The proposal submitted to the MLA Program Committee for the creation of a RCWS Literacy Studies Forum.