The Routledge Companion to Digital Writing & Rhetoric. Under contract with Routledge. Forthcoming 2017. Co-edited with Jonathan Alexander.
What is writing in a multimedia world? How does it function? What does it do? What are the possibilities and limitations for writing when it moves into multimedia and digital environments? How is writing increasingly conflated with—and enhanced by—conceptual frameworks more akin to design than textual production? All of these questions are increasingly being addressed by the emerging field of digital rhetoric, which attempts to understand the rhetorical possibilities and affordances of writing, broadly defined, in a wide array of digital environments. This Routledge companion brings together scholars from around the world who are interested in developing greater academic and research expertise in understanding digital rhetoric and the changes to our understanding of writing that we are currently witnessing in our culture.
Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics. New York: Routledge, 2015. Co-edited with Jonathan Alexander.
Bringing together leading voices in the fields of rhetorical studies, composition, communication, and writing studies, this collection explores the deep inter-imbrication of sexualities and rhetorical practices. We assert that the discourses, identities, affects, and embodied practices clustered under the rubric “sexuality” are all themselves inherently rhetorical in the sense that they carry and vector the weight of ideological pressures on bodies and minds. Sexuality is both terministic and dramatistic in the Burkean sense; it is simultaneously one of the dominant filters for and zones of conflict through which we understand, negotiate, and argue through our individuality and our collectivity. What are the current shapes and contours of such understanding and negotiation? And how might we use rhetoric the better both to understand “sexuality” and the “sexual” in contemporary private and public spheres? Moreover, how might we understand the rhetorical as always already sexualized, as imbued with the persuasive forces of bodies, intimacies, affects, erotics, and varied partnerings?
Techne: Queer Meditations on Writing the Self. Computers & Composition Digital Press/Utah State UP, 2015. Co-authored with Jonathan Alexander.
Winner, 2016 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Book Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship. In this project, we explore the multiple layerings of text, image, and technology as sites from which to perform/write/read the self. Specifically, this born-digital web-based project explores with its viewers the simultaneous and often contradictory interplay between digital and traditional writing technologies and the author/ed self. In this project, then, we theorize--and enact--how composing practices arise out of the complex interplay amongst discursive formations, embodiment, and mediating technologies. All are vectors through which we are simultaneously called to orient ourselves to dominant forms of knowing and through which we can intervene in such orientation. At any point in composing, we play with the possibility of critique, of writing ourselves differently. And indeed, such play is performative and epistemological. We have attempted to enact in Techne our own paying-attention to the possibilities of working with and composing through new media. Our goal is to provide an exploration of the relationships amongst processes of digital mediation and subjectivation. As such, we have used reflections on our own experiences liberally, as a lived life is the workroom of processes of subjectivation.
On Multimodality: New Media in Composition Studies. CCCC Studies in Writing and Rhetoric series. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2014. Co-authored with Jonathan Alexander. Print.
Winner, 2015 CCCC Outstanding Book Award and 2014 Computers & Composition Distinguished Book Award. This book argues that, as composition studies invites students to compose with new and multimedia, we need to ask about other possibilities for communication, for representation, for making knowledge. We need to ask about possibilities that may exceed those of the letter, the text-based, the composed. We argue (1) that composition’s embrace of new and multimedia often makes those media serve the rhetorical ends of writing and composition as opposed to exploring the rhetorical affordances of those media; (2) that our embrace of new and multimedia often ignores the rich histories of media, which contain examples of the “distinct logics” and “different affordances” of those media; and (3) that our embrace of new and multimedia must become cognizant of the rich histories and rhetorical affordances of new media so that students’ work with those media is enlivened and made substantive.
Radical Feminism, Writing, and Critical Agency: From Manifesto to Modem. Albany: SUNY P (2005).
This book traces the intersection of radical feminism, composition, and print culture in order to address a curious gap in feminist composition studies: the manifesto-writing, collaborative-action-taking radical feminists of the 1960s and 1970s. Long before contemporary debates over essentialism, radical feminist groups questioned both what it was to be a woman and to perform womanhood, and a key part of that questioning took the form of very public, very contentious texts by such writers and groups as Shulamith Firestone, the Redstockings, and WITCH (the Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell). I explore how these radical women's texts have been silenced in contemporary rhetoric and composition, and compare their work to that of contemporary online activists, finding that both point to a "network literacy" that blends ever-shifting identities with ever-changing technologies in order to take action. Ultimately, I argue, the articulation of radical feminist textuality can benefit both scholarship and classroom as it situates writers as rhetorical agents who can write, resist, and finally act within a network of discourses and identifications.
articles & book chapters
“Sluts are Not Enough: Notes Toward a Critical Feminist Rhetoric.” Accepted as part of Unruly Rhetorics. Ed. Jonathan Alexander, Susan Jarratt, and Nancy Welch. Full book manuscript under review. Print.
“Might as Well Get Up.” Women’s Professional Lives in Rhetoric and Composition. Ed. Elizabeth A. Flynn and Tiffany Bourelle. Under contract with Ohio State UP; forthcoming 2016. Print.
“Counterpoint: Calling Out Publics.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Forthcoming 2016. Print.
“The Failure of Queer Pedagogy.” 13-minute video for The Writing Instructor special issue on "Queer and Now," March 2015. Web.
“Indirection, Anxiety, and the Folds of Reading.” Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy 65-66 (Fall 2013/Spring 2014): 43-71. With Jonathan Alexander and Laura Micciche. Print.
“Flattening Effects: Composition’s Multicultural Imperative and the Problem of Narrative Coherence.” College Composition and Communication 65.3 (Feb. 2014): 430-54. With Jonathan Alexander. Print.
“Experience, Embodiment, Excess: Multimedia[ed] [E]visceration and Installation Rhetoric.” The New Work of Composing. Ed. Cheryl Ball, Debra Journet, and Ryan Trauman. Computers and Composition Digital Press (an imprint of Utah State UP), 2012. With Jonathan Alexander. Web.
“On Impossibility: A Response to DiGrazia and Rosenberg.” Feminist Rhetorical Resilience. Ed. Elizabeth A. Flynn, Patty Sotirin, and Ann Brady. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2012. 242-47. With Jonathan Alexander. Print. (invited response)
“Queerness, Multimodality, and the Possibilities of Re/Orientation.” Composing (Media)= Composing (Embodiment): Bodies, Technologies, Writing, the Teaching of Writing. Ed. Kristin L. Arola and Anne Frances Wysocki. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2012. 187-211. With Jonathan Alexander. Print.
“Installation, Instantiation, and Performance.” CCC Online 1.1 (Winter 2012). With Jonathan Alexander. Web.
“Queered.” Technoculture: A Journal of Technology in Society 2 (2012). With Jonathan Alexander. Web.
“Queer Rhetoric and the Pleasures of the Archive.” Enculturation (2012). With Jonathan Alexander. Web.
“Queerness: An Impossible Subject for Composition.” JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory 31.1-2 (2011): 711-740. With Jonathan Alexander. Print.
“Who Are We? What Do We Want to Become?” Writing Program Administration 33 (2010): 125-129. Print. (invited response)
“Technologies of the Self in the Aftermath: Pathos and the Borg.” Rhetoric Review 29 (2010): 145-64. With Jonathan Alexander. Print.
“Introduction” and “Rewriting Radical Women” (excerpt from Radical Feminism, Writing, and Critical Agency: From Manifesto to Modem). Norton Book of Composition Studies. Ed. Susan Miller. New York: Norton, 2009. 1223-242. Print.
“Homo Origo: The Queertext Manifesto.” Computers & Composition: An International Journal for Teachers of Writing 21.3 (September 2004): 385-88. Print.
“Queerness, Sexuality, Technology, and Writing: How Do Queers Write Ourselves When We Write in Cyberspace?” Computers & Composition Online (September 2004). With Jonathan Alexander, Barclay Barrios, Samantha Blackmon, Angela Crow, Keith Dorwick, and Randal Woodland. Web.
“Sexualities, Technologies, and Literacies: Metonymy and Material Online.” Introduction to special issue of Computers & Composition Online (Fall 2003/Spring 2004). Web.
“Risking Queer: Pedagogy and Performativity in the Writing Classroom.” JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory 24.1 (Summer 2004): 79-91. With Connie L. Monson. Print.
“‘Substantive and Feminist Girlie Action’: Women Online.” College Composition and Communication 54 (Sept 2002): 116-42. Print.
“Copyright, Authorship, and the Professional Writer: The Case of William Wordsworth.” Cardiff Corvey: Reading the Romantic Text 8 (June 2002). Web.
“A Vichian Vindication: Rescuing Wollstonecraft from the Discomfort of ‘Reason.’” Peitho: Newsletter of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition 2(1999): 6-7. Print.
“Rediscoveries, Returns, and Reclamations: The Feminist Project of Reclaiming Rhetorica.” Composition Forum 7 (1996): 58-64. Print.