Writing Across Communities of Difference

  • Taylor Marty California State University, Los Angeles
Keywords: first-generation college, higher education, pedagogy, first-year writing, equity


Marty earned her Master of Arts in English from Cal State LA in 2022. For her master’s thesis, she cataloged the progression of narcissistic representation in an early modern play and a nineteenth-century novel. To expand on this project, she considers how modern-day higher education can reproduce narcissistic structures. She argues that Eurocentric ideologies permeate first-year writing students’ minds and contribute to feelings of impostorism. In her work as a graduate assistant and first-year writing instructor, she encouraged first-year writing students to question social roles and feelings of inferiority.