Why might Rodríguez make the structural/style choices that we see in the reading?
Rodriguez’s structural and style choices directly opposes normative ways of knowing, writing, and research within academia. She goes onto explain as to how future academics are given the “writing norms” and “behaviours” to ensure assimilation into the institution at-large. Thus, disseminating the same colonial paradigms onto the next generation of scholars. Deconstructing common high-ed practices that add to this process such as grading, syllabi, research work and conferences allows for both faculty and students to begin pushing past decolonizing theory, and into the field of praxis.
Her writing feels like a poem at times, that uses personal anecdotes regarding sexuality, class, and ethnicity to establish a readers positionality to her own struggles of oppression and pain within academia. She goes onto state, “Living in the margins of vocabulary explicitly smells like disobedience” which is why I connect her writings as a form of intellectual activism as well.
Rodriguez has provided us with various forms to express de-colonialism. Below is my own completed fill in the blanks for politics of assessment:
A is for Advantages
B is for Benefactors
C is for Contained
D is for Defenseless
F is for Fcuked