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In the context of globalization, all writers occupy a space that is liminal-i.e., between communities, languages, and nations. Such positioning motivates in them a search for identities and literacies that go beyond bounded, static, and territorialized constructs and norms. This liminal space is referred to as transnational. This chapter demonstrates how inhabiting a transnational space is connected to adopting translingual communicative practices. Many complex explanations account for what motivates some to occupy this transnational social space and attain translingual dispositions, while others desire bounded spaces, territorialized identities, and language ownership. The chapter illustrates the connection between translingualism and transnationalism through a literacy autobiography of a Tibetan student in a Midwestern American university. The chapter will also demonstrate the functions of literacy narratives in facilitating a translingual awareness and transnational positioning. After defining the key terms and reviewing theoretical discourses that explain the connection, the chapter analyzes the literacy narrative and identity development of the student to generate useful pedagogical implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransnational Writing Education
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, History, and Practice
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781351205948
ISBN (Print)9781351205955
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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