I figure this summer is the last one in a while that I’ll have lots of “free” time (in between prepping three courses, working on some new research, splashing around in CNY lakes with Q dog, and packing and moving down South), so I’m putting together a reading list of all the things I’ve been wanting to read but haven’t (because dissertating). And I’m sharing them here because I’ll hopefully end up blogging about some of them. Some of them are things I’ve skimmed or started to read, but most of them are totally new to me, which is exciting in an incredibly nerdy way. First are some “easy” things: academic articles. These are a mix of multimodal (/digital) rhetoric, technical communication, and disability studies.
- Alexander, Jonathan, and Jacqueline Rhodes. “Flattening Effects: Composition’s Multicultural Imperative and the Problem of Narrative Coherence.” College Composition and Communication 65.3 (2014): 430-54.
- Bowdon, Melody A. “Tweeting an Ethos: Emergency Messaging, Social Media, and Teaching Technical Communication.” Technical Communication Quarterly 23 (2015): 35-54.
- Buck, Elisabeth H. “Assessing the Efficacy of the Rhetorical Composing Situation with FYC Students as Advanced Social Media Practitioners.” Kairos 19.3 (2015): Web.
- Ceraso, Steph. “(Re)Educating the Senses: Multimodal Listening, Bodily Learning, and the Composition of Sonic Experiences.” College English 77.2 (2014): 102-23.
Frost, Erin A., and Michelle F. Eble. “Technical Rhetorics: Making Specialized Persuasion Apparent to Public Audiences.” Present Tense 4.2 (2015). Web.
- Hurley, Elise Verzosa, and Amy C. Kimme Hea. “The Rhetoric of Reach: Preparing Students for Technical Communication in the Age of Social Media.” Social Media in Technical Communication. Spec. issue of Technical Communication Quarterly 23 (2014): 55-68.
- Kopelson, Karen. “Risky Appeals: Recruiting to the Environmental Breast Cancer Movement in the Age of ‘Pink Fatigue.’” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 43.2 (2013): 107-33.
- Lauer, Claire. “Expertise with New/Multi/Modal/Visual/Digital/Media Technologies Desired: Tracing Composition’s Evolving Relationship with Technology through the MLA JIL.” Computers and Composition 34 (2014): 60-75.
- McNely, Brian. “The ‘When’ of Rhetorical Literacies.” Kairos 19.3 (2015): Web.
- Pigg, Stacey. “Emplacing Mobile Composing Habits: A Study of Academic Writing in Networked Social Spaces.” College Composition and Communication 66.2 (2014): 250-75.
- Purdy, Jim. “What Can Design Thinking Offer Writing Studies?” College Composition and Communication 65.4 (2014): 612-41.
- Price, Margaret. “The Bodymind Problem and the Possibilities of Pain.” Hypatia 30.1 (2015): 268-84.
Next are some collections and books that are all situated within disability studies.
- Improving Feminist Philosophy and Theory by Taking Account of Disability. Spec. issue of Disability Studies Quarterly 33.4 (2013). Web.
- Kafer, Alison. Feminist, Queer, Crip. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2013.
- Sequenzia, Amy, and Elizabeth J. Grace. Typed Words, Loud Voices. Autonomous Press, 2015.
- Wendell, Susan. The Rejected Body: Feminist Reflections on Disability. New York: Routledge, 1997.
And then finally are some for-fun books (with links to their reviews).
- Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – I’m a Hollins alum and have never read Dillard’s work (the shame).
- Samantha Irby’s Meaty – I found this one through theGrio’s “Honoring Black Writers: 25 Books for Your Summer Reading List.”
- Jayne Anne Phillip’s Lark and Termite – Jayne Anne was a dear friend of my mom’s, and I’m pumped to start reading her work!
I don’t know if I’ll make it through them all, but I’ll be happy even if I just get through half. Getting to read articles and books slowly (and not just because I need to read them for a particular project) is such a luxury. What are y’all reading this summer? *** Edited to add: Although I found the NY Times summer reading list totally uninspiring, I would recommend checking out “Honoring Black Writers: 25 Books for Your Summer Reading List” and “9 Books That Redefine ‘Crazy.'”