(Writing) Centers and Margins

(Writing) Centers and Margins R e v i ew s Facing the Center: Toward an Identity Politics of One- to- One Mentoring. By Harry C. Denny. Utah State University Press, 2010. 180 pages. Matt Switliski Harry C. Denny’s Facing the Center takes as its concern the matrix of iden- tity positions and politics “most central in our national context, faces whose politics have the greatest material consequences” (23)— race and ethnicity, class, sex and gender, and nationality. Denny poses questions about what kind of face is given to a writing center (face as noun) and how people con- front its dynamics (face as verb). The center metaphor also encompasses more than just writing centers, for Denny calls for readers “to be aware of margins and center, to think of ways of privileging, to explore the dynamics of ordinary caste” (2). The book came into being because, as Denny writes, subject positions play a vital, if often unacknowledged, role in writing center work, and the experiences of Others are often missing from the writing center community’s conversations. Facing the Center , then, represents an important contribution to the growing body of literature on the politics of identity in writing center scholarship. Denny opens each http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pedagogy Duke University Press

(Writing) Centers and Margins

Pedagogy, Volume 15 (2) – Apr 1, 2015

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1531-4200
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R e v i ew s Facing the Center: Toward an Identity Politics of One- to- One Mentoring. By Harry C. Denny. Utah State University Press, 2010. 180 pages. Matt Switliski Harry C. Denny’s Facing the Center takes as its concern the matrix of iden- tity positions and politics “most central in our national context, faces whose politics have the greatest material consequences” (23)— race and ethnicity, class, sex and gender, and nationality. Denny poses questions about what kind of face is given to a writing center (face as noun) and how people con- front its dynamics (face as verb). The center metaphor also encompasses more than just writing centers, for Denny calls for readers “to be aware of margins and center, to think of ways of privileging, to explore the dynamics of ordinary caste” (2). The book came into being because, as Denny writes, subject positions play a vital, if often unacknowledged, role in writing center work, and the experiences of Others are often missing from the writing center community’s conversations. Facing the Center , then, represents an important contribution to the growing body of literature on the politics of identity in writing center scholarship. Denny opens each

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