Writing Democracy: The Political Turn in and Beyond the Trump Era calls on the field of writing studies to take up a necessary agenda of social and economic change in its classrooms, its scholarship, and its communities to challenge the rise of neoliberalism and right-wing nationalism.
Grown out of an extended national dialogue among public intellectuals, academic scholars, and writing teachers, collectively known as the Writing Democracy project, the book creates a strategic roadmap for how to reclaim the progressive and political possibilities of our field in response to the "twilight of neoliberalism" (Cox and Nilsen), ascendant right-wing nationalism at home (Trump) and abroad (Le Pen, Golden Dawn, UKIP), and hopeful radical uprisings (Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, Arab Spring). As such, the book tracks the emergence of a renewed left wing in rhetoric and activism post-2008, suggests how our work as teachers, scholars, and administrators can bring this new progressive framework into our institutions, and then moves outward to our role in activist campaigns that are reshaping public debate.
Part history, part theory, this book will be an essential read for faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students in composition and rhetoric and related fields focused on progressive pedagogy, university-community partnerships, and politics.
Chapter One: Introduction: "What Does Democracy Look Like?"
Shannon Carter, Deborah Mutnick, Steve Parks, and Jessica Pauszek
Part I: Mapping the Political Turn
Chapter Two:Composition’s Left and the Struggle for Revolutionary Consciousness
Chapter Three: Organize as If It Were Possible to Create a Movement That Will Change the World": An Interview with Angela Davis
LaToya Lydia Sawyer and Ben Kuebrich
Chapter Four: Marxist Ethics for Uncertain Times
Chapter Five: A Pedagogy for the Political Turn
Part II: Variations on the Political Turn
Chapter Six: "I'd Like to Overthrow Capitalism, But Meanwhile, I would Like the Nazis to be Completely Demoralized": An Interview with Dana L. Cloud
Chapter Seven: Audience Addressed? Audience Invoked? Audience Organized!
Chapter Eight: Legibility, Failure, and Political Turning
Chapter Nine: Nudging Ourselves Toward a Political Turn
Chapter Ten: Sustainable Audiences/Renewable Products: Penn State’s Student Farm, Business Writing, and Community Outreach
Chapter Eleven: The Political Turn and the Two-Year College: Equity-Centred Partnerships and the Opportunities of Democratic Reform
Part III: Taking the Political Turn
Chapter Twelve: What It’s Like to be a Problem at the 9/11 Museum
Chapter Thirteen: Dismantling the Wall: Analysing the Rhetorics of Shock and Writing Political Transformation
Chapter Fourteen: Pass the Baton: Lessons from Historic Examples of the Political Turn, 1967-68
Chapter Fifteen: The Visa Labyrinths: Writing Our Way Through the U.S.-Columbian Border
Chapter Sixteen: Conclusion: Further Notes on the Political Turn
Deborah Mutnick, Shannon Carter, Steve Parks, Jessica Pauszek