A Language and Power Reader
Robert Eddy and Victor Villanueva
6 x 9, 288 pages
published: 2013

ISBN 978-0-87421-924-1
paper $29.95s (January 2014)

ISBN 978-0-87421-925-8
e-book $24.00 (February 2014)

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Robert Eddy is an associate professor of English at Washington State University, and he was the department's director of composition from 2002 through 2010. He has directed writing programs in China and Egypt and won the University of North Carolina Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001.


Victor Villanueva is Regents Professor in the English Department at Washington State University. He is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and has been awarded the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research, Scholarship and the Arts; the Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award; and the first National Council of Teachers of English Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award, among
many others.

A Language and Power Reader

Representations of Race in a Post-Racist Era

Robert Eddy and Victor Villanueva

The only reader of its kind, and it is long overdue.
—Carmen Kynard, St. John's University

A Language and Power Reader organizes reading and writing activities for undergraduate students, guiding them in the exploration of racism and cross-racial rhetorics.

Introducing texts written from and about versions of English often disrespected by mainstream Americans, A Language and Power Reader highlights English dialects and discourses to provoke discussions of racialized relations in contemporary America. Thirty selected readings in a range of genres and from writers who work in "alternative" voices (e.g., Pidgin, African American Language, discourse of international and transnational English speakers) focus on disparate power relations based on varieties of racism in America and how those relations might be displayed, imposed, or resisted across multiple rhetorics. The book also directs student participation and discourse. Each reading is followed by comments and guides to help focus conversation, and each guide includes an invitation to dialogue with the editors about specific questions on Facebook.

Research has long shown that increasing a student's metalinguistic awareness improves a student's writing. No other reader available at this time explores the idea of multiple rhetorics or encourages their use. A Language and Power Reader will be a welcome addition to writing classrooms and will be of interest to students of sociology, ethnic studies, and American studies.