Serializing Social Justice
The power of influencing readers one installment at a time
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Generally, there are two types of writers: the first believes in art for art’s sake; the second thinks writing should engage with and change the world. Often these are thought of as mutually exclusive.
The second type—writers who use their novels and memoirs to build awareness and right wrongs—often meets the criteria for the social novel or social justice memoir.
The social, or protest, novel employs a narrative specifically to address social, economic, environmental, or political issues. Novelists as diverse as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Wright, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë, Tom Wolfe, Yukio Mishima, Benjamin Disraeli, Ayn Rand, Leo Tolstoy, George Eliot, and Theodore Dreiser have written them. In France, they’re cal…