“Language carries culture, and culture carries, particularly through orature and literature, the entire body of values by which we come to perceive ourselves and our place in the world. How people perceive themselves affect how they look at their culture, at their politics and at the social production of wealth, at their entire relationship to nature and to other human beings. Language is thus inseparable from ourselves as a community of human beings with a specific form and character, a specific history, a specific relationship to the world.”
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’oThese words from Ngũgĩ eloquently articulate a major framework in Yasmeen’s present and prospective research, as well as a cornerstone of their appreciation for the work that arises from literary studies. They hope to contribute to the discipline by continually looking to and interrogating the relationship between literature and material realities shaped by power, struggle, and knowledge.
Yasmeen’s doctoral study & work is grounded in Modern and Contemporary Literature. They are specifically compelled by temporality & narrative studies; diasporic literatures; and postcolonial and decolonial studies. For Yasmeen, it’s crucial to assert radical and subversive historiographical and analytical methods when engaging with literary texts.
The critical inquiries borne from their interdisciplinary undergraduate study was further nurtured in their MA coursework, setting Yasmeen up for an informedly multifaceted approach to doctoral-level literary research.
As an instructor of First-Year Writing, Yasmeen takes seriously the obligation they have to not only teach their students to write well, but to think critically so that they can write rhetorically. With training in Rhetoric & Composition Pedagogy, Yasmeen is familiar with variant methods that they feel confident implementing to best meet the needs & inquisitions of their students.
To equip their students with the tools necessary for successful, sophisticated, and holistic argumentation, Yasmeen priortizes not only the conventions of good writing, but skills in rhetorical analysis and explication.
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