Category Archives: Theories of Composition and Rhetoric

Service Learning in Business Writing Courses

A major challenge for service learning programs is how to create reciprocal, sustained collaborations with communities—a challenge that persists even as digital tools provide new options for collaborative writing. Despite the many opportunities for collaboration afforded by digital media, its … Continue reading

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New Vidcasts for the OWL at Purdue

I’m happy to share the vidcasts that I created for the OWL at Purdue’s YouTube channel. Enjoy! Introduction to Rhetoric: How to Write White Papers: Invention and Prewriting: Introduction to Pathos:

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Business Writing and The Pedagogy of “Targets”

Today’s post is the start of a new project. It ends with an open-ended question, and I’d love to hear your answers! In my Business Writing courses themed on social media, I often hear myself speaking of targets: “Who is … Continue reading

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Horkheimer and Adorno | Dialectic of Enlightenment

The first book of my Cultural Studies seminar with Thomas Rickert this semester is Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, first published in German in 1944 near the end of WWII. The book was translated into English first in 1972 … Continue reading

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Best Rhetoric & Composition Books, Articles, and Experiences of 2011

Inspired by the Crunk Feminist Collective’s “Year in Crunkness,” I’m writing today about the things that get me crunk and keep me crunk in Rhetoric & Composition. Hope you can relate and enjoy! The Affect Theory Reader helped me see … Continue reading

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Embodied Writing

I fell in love with Rhetoric and Composition upon first reading about the role of embodiment in writing. Writers like Patricia Dunn, Kathleen Blake Yancey, Malea Powell, and Jacqueline Jones Royster (among many others) engaged my attention by linking writing … Continue reading

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The Layers of Reading

So I’m reading a white paper about keeping a business executive’s attention when they read your white papers (click here to read the article)… and I notice that the authors break reading down into three “layers.” The Skimming Layer:  In … Continue reading

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