Unsustainable : Re-imagining Community Literacy, Public Writing, Service-Learning, and the University

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Unsustainable: Re-imagining Community Literacy, Public Writing, Service-Learning, and the University, edited by Jessica Restaino and Laurie Cella, explores short-lived university/community writing projects in an effort to rethink the long-held "gold standard" of long-term sustainability in community writing work. Contributors examine their own efforts in order to provide alternate models for understanding, assessing, and enacting university/community writing projects that, for a range of reasons, fall outside of traditional practice.show more

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  • Hardback | 292 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1, 1 black & white halftones, 2 tables
  • 0739172565
  • 9780739172568
  • 2,110,512

About Laurie Cella

Laurie Cella is associate professor and director of the First-Year Writing Program at Shippensburg University. Jessica Restaino is associate professor of English and director of First-Year Writing at Montclair State University.show more

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Our current economic and social climate heightens the need for the critical scholarship featured in Unsustainable. The essays extend popular theoretical understandings of community-university dynamics through sometimes unnerving, too often familiar, narratives that recount funding debacles, student/community writer crises, ethical quandaries, and the politics of intervention. In the end, teachers, writers, and researchers are invited to find spaces for engagement, knowing that, despite inevitable challenges, community literacy theory and pedagogy represents some of the most dynamic work being done in composition, rhetoric, and literacy studies today. -- Tobi Jacobishow more

Table of contents

Introduction by Laurie Cella Part 1. Short-Lived Projects, Long-Lived Value Chapter 1. After Tactics, What Comes Next? by Paula Mathieu Chapter 2. Tales from the Crawl Space: Asserting Youth Agency Within an Unsustainable Education System by Paul Feigenbaum, Sharayna Douglas, and Maria Lovett Chapter 3. Strategic Speculations on the Question of Value: The Role of Community Publishing in English Studies by Stephen Parks Chapter 4. Everyone Loved It and Still It Closed: When a Writing Program Isn't a Core Mandate by Emily Isaacs and Ellen Kolba Part 2. Community Literacy, Personal Contexts Chapter 5. Sustainability Deferred: The Conflicting Logics of Career Advancement and Community Engagement by Thomas Deans Chapter 6. Hope and Despair, Risk and Struggle: (j)WPA Work, Service-Learning, and the Case for Baby Steps by Michael Donnelly Chapter 7. Mobile Sustainability: An Adjunct's Development of a Permanent Practice by Karen Johnson Part 3. Pedagogy Chapter 8. Assessing Sustainability: The Class that Went Terribly Wrong by Ellen Cushman and Lorelei Blackburn Chapter 9. The Idea of a Literacy Dula by Hannah Ashley Part 4. Toward a Transnational Sustainability Chapter 10. No More Than Fire Belongs to Prometheus: Techne, Institutions, and Interventions in Local Public Life by Elenore Long Chapter 11. Mastery, Failure, and Community Outreach as Stochastic Art: Lessons Learned with the Sudanese Diaspora in Phoenix by Jennifer Clifton Conclusion by Jessica Restaino Afterward by Eli Goldblattshow more

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