who wants to “own” writing?

There's this old Steven Wright line that goes something like, "I used to say I wanted to own the world but then I wondered 'where would I put it all?'" That seems apropos here. To clarify, in higher ed circles the idiom "to own writing" would appear to mean claiming sole disciplinary-intellectual authority and control... Continue Reading →

non-metaphorical wayfinding and writing studies

Jonathan Alexander, Karen Lunsford and Carl Whithaus have a new article in Written Communication, "Toward Wayfinding: a Metaphor for Understanding Writing Experiences." I think it's a great article, and I'm planning to share it with my WAC colleagues. It provides a useful overview of important ideas in the field and adds wayfinding to that list.... Continue Reading →

English Studies in the post-digital world

Though there are some ongoing conversations about the notion of a post-digital world (including Justin Hodgson's Post Digital Rhetoric and the New Aesthetic and Mike Flatt's discussion of post-digital poetics), I'm starting here with the mildly disturbing corporate speak of Accenture on how to be competitive in the post-digital world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=173&v=dpaw_ZAHZ-Q Accenture identifies five elements... Continue Reading →

The post WPA life: one year on

From the summer of 2010 through the summer of 2017, I served as the director of composition at UB. In the last year I've gone back to being a rank and file professor in the department. I've been thinking about writing this reflection for a little while but wanted to mark the occasion of a... Continue Reading →

Manuel Delanda in rhet/comp?

Being somewhat in between projects right now, I've started working on an article that, at least at this point, begins with exploring the value of DeLanda's assemblage theory for rhetoric and composition. DeLanda often comes up on this blog and has been an important thinker for me for 10-15 years at least. His earlier works... Continue Reading →

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