Composing Feminist Interventions: Activism, Engagement, Praxis

Edited by Kristine L. Blair and Lee Nickoson
Copy edited by Brandy Bippes. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverThis edited collection offers self-reflexive, critical accounts of how feminist writing studies scholars variously situated within rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies plan, implement, examine, and represent community-based inquiry and pedagogy. Readers will gain insight into the hows and whys involved with this important disciplinary work. Sharing a commitment to social change, the twenty-one chapter discussions and five course designs complicate and continue to evolve possibilities for how we conceptualize writing research and teaching as deeply collaborative, inclusive, and reciprocal practices.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter

Introduction. Researching and Teaching Community as a Feminist Intervention, Kristine L. Blair and Lee Nickoson

Part 1. Methodology

Chapter 1. Post-Research Engagement: An Argument for Critical Examination of Researcher Roles after Research Ends, Megan Adams

Chapter 2. Reciprocity as Epicenter: An 'After-Action Review,' Mariana Grohowski

Chapter 3. Methodology & Accountability: Tracking Our Movements as Feminist Pedagogues, Emily Ronay Johnston

Chapter 4. Listening to Research as a Feminist Ethos of Representation, Lauren Rosenberg and Emma Howes

Chapter 5. Funding Geography: The Legacy of Female-Run Settlement Culture for Contemporary Feminist Place-Based Pedagogy Initiatives, Liz Rohan

Part 2. Partnerships

Chapter 6. Building Engaged Interventions in Graduate Education, Keri E. Mathis and Beth A. Boehm

Chapter 7. Learning Together Through Campus-Community Partnerships, Jenn Brandt and Cara Kozma

Chapter 8. Crafting Partnerships: Exploring Student-Led Feminist Strategies for Community Literacy Projects, Kelly Concannon, Mustari Akhi, Morgan Musgrove, Kim Lopez, and Ashley Nichols

Chapter 9. Ohio Farm Stories: A Feminist Approach to Collaboration, Conversation, and Engagement, Christine Denecker and Sarah Sisser

Chapter 10. Literacy Sponsorship as a Process of Translation: Using Actor-Network Theory to Analyze Power within Emergent Relationships at Family Scholar House, Kathryn Perry

Chapter 11. Knotworking Collaborations: Fostering Community Engaged Teachers and Scholars, Mary P. Sheridan

Part 3. Activism

Chapter 12. Women-Only Bicycle Rides and Freedom of Movement: How Online Communicative Practices of Local Community Managers Support Feminist Interventions, Angela Crow

Chapter 13. Literacy, Praxis and Participation in Environmental Deliberation, Barbara George

Chapter 14. The Viability of Digital Spaces as Sites for Transnational Feminist Action and Engagement: Why We Need to Look at Digital Circulation, Jessica Ouellette

Chapter 15. Advocating "Active" Intersectionality Through a Comparison of Two Slutwalks, Jacqueline Schiappa

Chapter 16. A Peek Inside the Master's House: The Tale of Feminist Rhetorician as Candidate for U.S. Congress, Angela K. Zimmann

Part 4. Praxis

Chapter 17. Pedagogical Too-Muchness: A Feminist Approach to Community-Based Learning, Multi-Modal Composition, Social Justice Education, and More, Beth Godbee

Chapter 18. Trans/feminist Practice of Collaboration in the Art Activism Classroom, Ames Hawkins and Joan Giroux

Chapter 19. Coming Out as Other in the Graduate Writing Classroom: Feminist Pedagogical Moves for Mentoring Community Activists, Jess Tess, Trixie G. Smith, and Katie Manthey

Chapter 20. Safely Social: User-Centered Design and Difference Feminism, Douglas M. Walls, Brandy Dieterle, and Jennifer Roth Miller

Chapter 21. The Unheard Voices of Dissatisfied Clients: Listening to Community Partners as Feminist Praxis, Danielle M. Williams

Part 5. Course Designs

Chapter 22. "We Write to Serve": The Intersections of Service Learning, Grant Writing, and the Feminist Rhetorical Agency, Florence Elizabeth Bacabac

Chapter 23. Making the Political Personal Again: Strategies for Addressing Student Resistance to Feminist Intervention, Julie Myatt Barger

Chapter 24. "Because your heart breaks and it moves to action": Digital Storytelling Beyond the Gate, Stephanie Bower

Chapter 25. Feminist Activism in the Core: Student Activism in Theory and Practice, Katherine Fredlund

Chapter 26. Rhetorical Interventions: A Project Design for Composing and Editing Wikipedia Articles, Julie D. Nelson

Afterword, Krista Ratcliffe


About the Editors

Kristine L. Blair is Professor of English and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Youngstown State University. Throughout her career, she has taught courses in digital composing, research methods, scholarly publication, and media and cultural studies. In addition to her publications in the areas of gender and technology, online learning, and graduate student mentoring, Blair currently serves as editor of Computers and Composition print and online.

Lee Nickoson is Associate Professor of English and Director of the General Studies Writing Program at Bowling Green State University. Her teaching experiences and interests span undergraduate and graduate courses and include a shared investment in collaborating with student writers in investigations of writing as a form of activism. In her research, she employs a feminist approach to inquiry that celebrates collaboration, reciprocity, and thoughtful play.

Publication Information: Blair, K. L., & Nickoson, L. (2018). Composing Feminist Interventions: Activism, Engagement, Praxis. Perspectives on Writing. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado. Available at

Web Publication Date: June 19, 2018.
Print Publication Date: January 17, 2019.

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Series Editors: Susan H. McLeod, University of California, Santa Barbara; Rich Rice, Texas Tech University

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