Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy

Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy

by Rebecca Lorimer Leonard


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In this book, Rebecca Lorimer Leonard shows how multilingual migrant women both succeed and struggle in their writing contexts. Based on a qualitative study of everyday multilingual writers in the United States, she shows how migrants’ literacies are revalued because they move with writers among their different languages and around the world. Writing on the Move builds a theory of literate valuation, in which socioeconomic values shape how multilingual migrant writers do or do not move forward in their lives. The book details the complicated reality of multilingual literacy, which is lived at the nexus of prejudice, prestige, and power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822965053
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 11/24/2017
Series: Composition, Literacy, and Culture Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Lorimer Leonard is assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface: Traveling Literacies xi

Introduction: Why Writing Matters 3

Chapter 1 Studying Writing on the Move 18

Chapter 2 Fluidity: When Writing Moves 32

Chapter 3 Fixity: When Writing Stalls 66

Chapter 4 Friction: When Writing Stalls in Motion 92

Chapter 5 Deep Contradictions in the Value of Literacy 123

Appendixes 135

Notes 143

Bibliography 157

Index 177

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