Graduation Date

Spring 2020

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in English, emphasis in Applied English Studies

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Janelle Adsit

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Christina Accomando

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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This project contains an overview and key introductory sections of an intersectional, equity-based literary publishing course textbook. The full-length edited collection, currently under external review for publication, seeks to rectify long-held disparities of the publishing industry in regard to hiring, acquisitions, developmental editing, and considerations in audience, readerships, and marketing. Each chapter examines the ways that racism, ableism, heterosexism, and cisnormativity, operate in the industry, limiting who is represented at an editor’s desk and in the pages of published books. The collection is intended to be utilized in upper-division and graduate-level literary publishing courses. This project is a response to the issues identified in the Lee & Low Diversity in Publishing study, the VIDA Count, and social media hashtags like #representationmatters and #ownvoices. This project documents my experience curating a collection that will be subsequently published for the university textbook market. The project reflects on my editorial practice, as I sought to apply the intersectional, equity-based approach that the textbook advocates. What follows is a reflective introduction that covers my thinking and learning over the course of my research and editorial processes; an overview of some essential concepts and theoretical orientations from critical race, gender, and sexuality studies that are necessary for understanding the contents of the full-length volume; the student/general reader and instructors’ introductions to the text which further illuminate the relevance of the issues contained; and an alphabetized bibliography of the selected essays that will be contained in the textbook.

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