Texts of Consequence: Composing Social Activism for the Classroom and Community
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Title: Texts of Consequence
Sub-title: Composing Social Activism for the Classroom and Community
Editor(s): Christopher Wilkey and Nicholas Mauriello
Publish Date: December 2012
|As an inquiry into the prospects of developing a direct link between the teaching of writing and the public sphere, the chapters in this volume bring together critical practices and social actions that have consequences for activist work. As a whole these chapters show composition studies extending the activist project of linking literacy education to social change by boldly proclaiming that effective citizens use reading and writing everyday to critically interrogate, and rhetorically intervene in, public affairs in which matters of justice and equality are of great concern.|
This volume explores three major themes: composition studies taking on the establishment; composition studies institutionalizing rhetoric and writing for social change; and composition studies and community activism. Taken together, coverage of these themes comes to represent rhetoric and literacy education working for genuine social change.
Contents: Foreword: Come Hear the Band: Public Rhetorics and the Future of Composition Studies, Christian Weisser. Introduction: Activism in Composition Studies and the Politics of Social Change, Christopher Wilkey. PART I: COMPOSITION STUDIES TAKING ON THE ESTABLISHMENT. National Interest: Composition’s Response in a Time of Cold War, Beth Huber. Things that Happen When We Are Eight Years Old: Historicity, Hope, and the Teaching of Writing, Richard Marback and Patrick Bruch. PART II: COMPOSITION STUDIES INSTITUTIONALIZING RHETORIC AND WRITING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE. Cultivating Transcultural Citizenship in a Discursive Democracy, Juan C. Guerra. Out of WAC: Democratizing Higher Education and Questions of Scarcity and Social Justice, Michelle Hall Kells. Agency, Identities, and Actions: Stories and the Writing Classroom, Linda Adler-Kassner. PART III: COMPOSITION STUDIES AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISM. Imitation and Symbolic Synthesis: Preparing a Face for Rhetorical Agency, Kristie S. Fleckenstein. Rant, Rave, Write: The Complexities of Zines as Community Literacy Activism, Tobi Jacobi. Neo-sophistic Rhetoric, Community-based Writing, and the Ethics of Kairos, Candice Rai, Megan Marie, and AnnMerle Feldman. Envoys of Inquiry: Graduate Students in the Public Turn, David Coogan, Kelley Libby, rebekah Holbrook, Lindsey Ghudzik, Jennifer Selamn, and Lami Fofana. Learning with Communities in a Praxis of New Media, Ellen Cushman, Guiseppe Getto, and Shreelina Ghosh. The Nimuch Chaubunagungamaug People Do Exist: Imaging the What Next—An Experimental Alternative to Evidentiary Legal Discourse, Elenore Long, John Jarvis and Diane Deerhart Raymond. Contributors. Author Index. Subject Index.