All Things Pointing Home


  • Westry Whitaker


Thomas Wolfe has written, "All things on earth point home"¦." I wonder how often we recognize this truth.  Sometimes, it seems, we do in fact have to return home to remember who we are.  In The Autobiographical Demand of Place: Curriculum Inquiry in the American South, Brian Casemore suggests we do precisely this: interrogate our past in order to understand our present and that future awaiting us.  By bravely stepping out of a dominant narrative of Southerness and into risky psychoanalysis, Casemore attempts this understanding of identity as a conscious being struggling with difficult (or guilt-ridden) desire and knowledge. In doing so within an at times intense public reflection, he successfully leads us into our own introspective unsettling while asking us to step out of our narcissisms, our own superficial definitions of place, and out of our own identities in order to discover and confront our own understanding of who we think we have become.

Author Biography

Westry Whitaker

Wes Whitaker is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at The George Washington University.   His interests lie within curriculum theory and secondary English Education particularly in regards to the imagination, reading, writing, and that power within us all to challenge our understanding/s of the world we live in. 






Cultural Studies and Curriculum