Analysis Of Deborah Brandt's 'Sponsors Of Literacy'

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In “Sponsors of Literacy,” Deborah Brandt talks at length about how those who sponsor others in their pursuit of literacy have an immense effect on that writer or reader because of the different kinds of sponsors or perhaps even the motivation behind the sponsors. Brandt defines a sponsor as “any agent, local or distant, concrete or abstract, who enable and support, teach, model, as well as recruit, regulate, suppress, or withhold literacy (paragraph 6).” I think that this particular definition is very interesting, and I think it really does wholly encompass what a sponsor is; sometimes sponsors can be the best thing for you, with only your best interests at heart, but other times, sponsors can shelter you in a bubble or perhaps hold you back…show more content…
This makes way for sponsors to come in, and like magical fairy godmothers and godfathers, take their protégées to great heights. Although some sponsors are looking for something in return; maybe it’s innocent, such as my Learning Community professor who told us that he wanted us to be successful, and he wanted us to give some credit to him, or at least come back and see him when we were. However, it is not always innocent, I’ll give a short example from a favorite show of mine, Criminal Minds that had absolutely nothing to do with writing, but perhaps shows an extreme case of sponsorship; after all, Brandt did discuss how it was difficult for people of lower social standing to get ahead. Agent Derek Morgan was born in the inner city of Chicago, where crime was high and the chances of getting out were low, so many of the local neighborhood boys turned to a particular mentor at a community center for athletic guidance and opportunity, since on a scholarship was probably the only way they could

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