New Book: Tactics of Hope: Street Life and the Public Turn in English Composition

Posted by on August 18, 2006

[posted from Comm-Org]

From: Paula Mathieu

I’ve worked since 1997 in two different street newspapers, nonprofits that give homeless people an income opportunity and public voice via its grassroots publications. At the same time, I was completing a PhD in language, literacy and rhetoric and teaching writing as a member of the English dept where I was a student. Last year, I published a book, /Tactics of Hope: Street Life and the Public Turn in English Composition/, which explores initiatives to connect local communities/issues to the work of universities, especially English Departments. I look at public writing, service learning, locally-oriented class content and academic research/activism as aspects of the book and do so with a double vision-both within and outside the university, as academic and as nonprofit worker.

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