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Lorraine D. Higgins and Lisa D. Brush. Personal Experience Narrative and Public Debate: Writing the Wrongs of Welfare.

Higgins, Lorraine D. and Lisa D. Brush. "Personal Experience Narrative and Public Debate: Writing the Wrongs of Welfare." CCC 57.4 (2006): 694-729.


Personal narrative embeds the expertise of subordinated groups in stories that seldom translate into public debate. The authors describe a community writing project in which welfare recipients used personal narratives to enter into the public record their tacit and frequently discounted knowledge. The research illustrates the difficulties and possibilities: rhetorical, emotional, and material: of constructing narratives that "cross publics."

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