Between Jihad and McWorld: A Place for Poetry

  • Harryette Mullen


I want to wrap my discussion around some useful ideas from Hank Lazer’s book Opposing Poetries.1 As a poet, critic, teacher, and university administrator, Lazer has given considerable thought to the intersection of poetry and pedagogy. His work offers a practical framework for thinking about poetry as an object of study within an educational institution, and also for considering the reading and writing of poetry as intellectual processes of critical thinking that can occur inside or outside the academy.


Bilingual Education Critical Thinker Heterogeneous Text Writing Practice Graduate Seminar 
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    Hank Lazer, Opposing Poetries, Part One: Issues and Institutions (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1996). Unless otherwise noted, subsequent quotations come from this source; page numbers are cited parenthetically in the text.Google Scholar
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    Benjamin Barber, Jihad vs. McWorld (New York: Times Books, 1996).Google Scholar
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    See Alan Golding, From Outlaw to Classic: Canons in American Poetry (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995);Google Scholar
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    See M. Nourbese Philip, She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks (London: The Women’s Press, 1993).Google Scholar
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    Suheir Hammad, Born Palestinian, Born Black (London: Writers and Readers Publishing, 1996);Google Scholar
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