Is The Subaltern Speaking Yet?*

The self’s existence bows down to determinism — yet it wants to reach outside of itself. How do we channel this need when the individual is tamed by society’s exercise of confines? I will explore this question with help from two articles, Happy to Comply by Tony Scott and Reading and Writing Without Authority by Ann Penrose and Cheryl Geisler.

Happy to Comply focuses on the conflicts that arise when students, stuck in a deeply capitalistic system of control, try to balance self-expression with conforming to the rules. On the other hand, Reading and Writing Without Authority