Analysis Of Arts Of The Contact Zone By Mary Louise Pratt

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Contact Zone Similes and Metaphors are the main literary terms people know when comparing two unlike things. In English 1102 I was introduced to Arts of the Contact Zone by Mary Louise Pratt. The essay was very hard to understand when I first read it. It is still difficult to understand but the more and more I read it the easier it is to find the contact zones to presents. She used terms like autoethnography and transculturation, which leads you to think she thinks on a different level of what is taught to most of us at schools. A contact zone is a deeper way to connect two unlike things. Pratt’s definition of a “contact zone” is “to refer to social spaces where cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly …show more content…

Even though the letter never reached to where it was designated to go, we are now knowing it as a contact zone in which languages and different cultures relate, and misunderstand each other. Poma had accepted the Spanish language as his means of communication to King Philip III. Pratt refers to Poma s first part of the letter as an autoethnographic text. The main reasoning behind this type of text is to challenge a main belief system and the writers use the outline of the system to their help, using the language of the main civilization or the victor. Poma did that effectively however his efforts to change the mind of King Philip III were unsuccessful, because the letter never reached is destination. The second part of the letter, Bien gobierno y justicia, says, “That good government and justice can only be achieved through collaboration between the Inca and the …show more content…

During my educational years I had many successes and downfalls. This is most expected from students but whether or not they grow from what they go through is the question. From almost failing classes, to dealing with relationships and battling the worst teachers I would say I’ve been through it all. Every student through their many years of education experience pain, anger and disbelief, but also, we were able to experience the pleasures of the contact zone. Being a college student and being in a class or two that were extremely diverse based on these aspects that Pratt mentions, I can also say that I experienced what these Stanford students did. There were both good and bag events that came from my classes, but nonetheless they were experiences that made me as a student grow. When I first got to college I thought it would be easy and fun because I would be around students that looked and acted like me. That was the main reason I chose to go to an HBCU my first year. I went to Mays high school in Atlanta where the majority of the students were African American with a small percentage of Hispanics. Students are from all different backgrounds, and therefore they can become knowledgeable on other cultures and ethnicities, which I think most people would believe is a very important thing for children to learn about. I helps a child grow and experience diversity for when they grow up and get into the business

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