Date of Award
Master of Arts
Joseph G. Jones
Juanita Williamson (1917-1993) was an important linguist and English scholar. Her work was undertaken during a time of great controversy in academic circles as educators and intellectuals argues about the definition of and place for what was then termed Black English in American classrooms. Her scholarly stance that language was tied to cultural perceptions and constructs led to Williamson's insistence that there was no such thing as Black English because "features used to identify Black English are neither black nor white, but American."Through personal interviews and a comprehensive bibliographic review of Williamson's publications and research in her eponymous archive, this study examines Williamson in the context of the era in which she lived and worked to explore how her pedagogical innovations contribute to a fuller understanding of contemporary composition studies and English instruction.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Baddour, Elizabeth Griffith, "Juanita Williamson and the Linguistic Turn in Composition History" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 298.