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.
About the Author
Rebecca Lorimer Leonard is assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Table of Contents
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