Genre studies, mundane techniques of invention, and amateur writing

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The Academic Blog as a Space of Classroom Wonder: Using Genre Studies and Activity Theory to Resist Mutt Genres in General Education | David Giovagnoli: This presentation will describe and interrogate the teaching of an English Studies general education course focused on the communicative practices of gay men through a genre-studies and activity theory-based pedagogy originally developed for first-year composition.  By creating a digital classroom discourse community through the exploration of academic blogging and its attendant genres, this pedagogy seeks to make visible and value students' moments of wonder, confusion, disagreement, and epiphany as they move through an interdisciplinary set of units on linguistics, rhetoric, and literature.

Writing Studies Goes "Boink:" Amateur Writing and Calvin and Hobbes | Michael McGinnis: This paper addresses recent scholarship about the relationship between composition studies and creative writing by offering a meditation on Bill Watterson’s comic strip Calvin and Hobbes (1985-95). In particular, this talk looks at Watterson’s work at three levels: the author’s published comments about the strip, the strip’s own depictions of academic and creative writing, and online fan texts based on the strip.

Mundane and Material Techniques of Invention | Jacob Craig: Drawing on Byron Hawk’s concept of post-techne that emphasizes the situatedness and materiality of invention, this presentation provides two accounts of material invention techniques writers produce within writing specific contexts and adapt over time. These findings extend and contribute to recent considerations of materiality and process—findings about mundane writing choices as important for cultivating persistence and limiting distraction—to include rhetorical invention.

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Davis 195
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Concurrent Session D