ORCID

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6863-1413

Date of Award

2022

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Philosophy (Ph.D)

Department

English

First Advisor

Steven P Alvarez

Second Advisor

Anne Ellen Geller

Third Advisor

Shante Paradigm Smalls

Abstract

This dissertation examines emerging writing community collectives that seek to challenge the normative hierarchy of higher education in both composition and curricula. I conduct empirical research to explore the ways activist writers, those with exposure to social justice literacies from across and outside academic communities, influence an ethics of collaboration and overall expansion of more public-facing, engaged and inclusive research pedagogy and scholarship. The act of writing in collectives is needed if a move toward advocacy and opportunity for equity is to be upheld within and beyond academia. By examining social justice literacies occurring both in and out of the traditional canon and academy, I explore the thoughtful and meaningful practices which welcome transdialogical engagement, promote mutual mentorship and acknowledge the desire, access, agency and opportunities for equity at play between writer, reader and society.

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