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Pivotal Strategies

Claiming Writing Studies as Discipline

edited by Lynn C. Lewis

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“Beautiful writing, innovative arguments, and powerful evidence.”
—Ryan Skinnell, San Jose State University


Pivotal Strategies examines the rhetorical contexts and motivations that determine how and why people choose writing studies as a discipline, especially as the field begins to take more seriously an antiracist imperative that requires more conscious listening and promotion of work from scholars representing traditionally underrepresented voices.

Because undergraduate degrees in writing studies are relatively new, claiming the discipline has required reinvention and revision at personal and professional levels far different than any other discipline. Suspicions about the viability of the discipline linger in many departments and universities, as well as outside the academy, leading writing studies scholars to develop innovative strategies to deal with covertly hostile attitudes. Within the collection, contributors name explicit claiming strategies from the discipline’s beginnings to the contemporary moment, locating opportune spaces, negotiating identities and fostering resilience, and developing allegiances by foregrounding their embodiment as underrepresented members of academia through a commitment to social justice and equity.

Responding to current conversations on the worth of education with honest stories about the burdens and joys of becoming and being an academic, Pivotal Strategies features a spectrum of voices across racial, gender, class, and age categories. This collection not only makes the discipline more visible but also helps map the contemporary state of writing studies.

Contributors: Khadeidra Billingsley, Lauren M. Bowen, Ron Brooks, Antonio Byrd, Christina Cedillo, Caroline Dadas, Suellynn Duffey, Alison Ersheid, Laura Field, Cynthia Johnson, Seth Kahn, Lisa Konigsberg, Maureen McVeigh, Nancy Pearson, Laurie Pinkert, Jessica Restaino, Raymond D. Rosas, Karen Telez-Trujillo, Alison Wells Zepeda, Tara Wood


Lynn C. Lewis is associate professor and director of rhetoric and writing studies in the English Department at Oklahoma State University. She studies visual rhetorics and design as well as writing pedagogy, rhetorical studies, and writing technologies; is the editor of Strategic Discourse: The Politics of (New) Literacy Discourse; and has published in journals such as JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics and Pedagogy, among others.

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  • Hardcover Price: $95.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-64642-631-7
  • Paperback Price: $31.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-64642-632-4
  • Ebook Price: $26.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $13.50
  • EISBN: 978-1-64642-633-1
  • Publication Month: July
  • Publication Year: 2024
  • Pages: 268
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Lynn C. Lewis
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