Does Every Lesbian Have a Superpower that Makes Them Out and Not Dead by Suicide?: A Poetics against Standardizing Literacy Narratives

Authors

  • Shelagh Wilson Patterson Montclair State University

Keywords:

US third world feminism, literacy narratives, first year writing, poetics, CUNY

Abstract

This essay, in three parts plus a conclusion, is a performance of US third world feminist praxis for our contemporary moment. Part one is a literacy narrative that resists generic convention. Part two uses conventions of academic writing to explore the damage that is happening to the field of composition and rhetoric due to the academic erasure of US third world feminist praxis. Part three is a gift. The conclusion is a manifesto to end the economic exploitation of students and teachers in our first-year writing classrooms. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole.

Author Biography

Shelagh Wilson Patterson, Montclair State University

Dr. Patterson has an MFA in Poetry from CUNY Hunter College and a PhD in English: Critical and Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. They worked as a public and professional writer for NYC Parks and currently teaches first-year writing, queer fiction, and writers in action at Montclair State University. Her research interests include developing praxes for continuing our freedom struggles. 

 

Published

2022-03-08

How to Cite

Patterson, S. W. (2022). Does Every Lesbian Have a Superpower that Makes Them Out and Not Dead by Suicide?: A Poetics against Standardizing Literacy Narratives. Literacy in Composition Studies, 9(2), 1-27. Retrieved from https://licsjournal.org/index.php/LiCS/article/view/2205