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Reflections 2014: Engaging the Possibilities of Disability Studies

My previous post reminded me to share the super exciting table of contents for the Fall 2014 special issue of Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning that I’ve been working on since last spring. It should be ready for print next month, and the content is so so good. Check it out! (Note:… Continue reading Reflections 2014: Engaging the Possibilities of Disability Studies

Disability Studies · Media

Digital Disability: The Social Construction of Disability in New Media

Next up in the annotated bib installment: Digital Disability. *** Digital Disability is frequently cited as an initial and influential exploration of how disability shapes and is shaped by new media and communication technologies. Goggin and Newell take a social constructionist approach to disability and new media, positioning their book as an attempt “to cast… Continue reading Digital Disability: The Social Construction of Disability in New Media

CCR 611: Comp Histories/Theories

Composition in the University: Historical and Polemical Essays

It was useful to read Crowley after Berlin and interesting to see her whole argument in this collection of essays as opposed to the one chapter I had been assigned to read before this (“A Personal Essay on Freshman English,” which made her seem so extreme that it was difficult to even fathom her argument).… Continue reading Composition in the University: Historical and Polemical Essays

CCR 611: Comp Histories/Theories · Rhetoric

Rhetoric and Reality: Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1900-1985

Some things about reading for exams are wildly stressful—like trying to figure out how to cram all the books on the reading list into an unbelievably short period of time. Others, though, remind me of why I’m interested in this field. Re-reading Berlin was one of those reminders—not necessarily because I’m head over heels for… Continue reading Rhetoric and Reality: Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1900-1985

CCR 631: Contemporary Rhetorics

On Consensus, Truth, and Knowledge

This week’s readings on epistemology had a number of connections to the readings last week—defining truth, acknowledging and theorizing on the discipline’s fractured identity, discussing the role of ethics and community. In fact, while reading the questions I posed last week (eg. How do we build rhetorical communities when groups are marginalized and excluded from… Continue reading On Consensus, Truth, and Knowledge

CCR 631: Contemporary Rhetorics · Rhetoric

Contemporary Rhetorical Theory, an Introduction

The ability to create a sense of community, and thus the possibility of social and political life as we know it, depends upon the human capacity for communication. Lucaites & Condit 1 This anthology introduction also seems appropriate to introduce (part of) what I’ll be blogging about this semester. One of the classes I’m taking… Continue reading Contemporary Rhetorical Theory, an Introduction