Articles by Heather Shearer

Heather Shearer is the Associate Chair of the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her paper entitled “Crossing into the Promised Land: An Activity-Theoretical Analysis of Application Paperwork Used by Peoples Temple Members for Entry into Jonestown,” was presented as part of a larger panel called “Bodies in Rhetorical Space: Discursive Bias and the Transgression of Physical and Social Spaces” at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference.

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Cult City: A Review Essay (2019)

The value of the archive (2018)

Why “the ordinary” is extraordinarily important: Researching Peoples Temple and Jonestown through the experience of the rank-and-file members (2013)

Reflection on Jonestown Memorial Dedication (2011)

The Textual Practices of Peoples Temple: How Did Texts Help to Build the Promised Land? (2010)

Originally posted on March 11th, 2013.

Last modified on October 3rd, 2020.
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