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Geographies of Writing

Inhabiting Places and Encountering Difference

Nedra Reynolds

Publication Year: 2007

Twenty-first-century technological innovations have revolutionized the way we experience space, causing an increased sense of fragmentation, danger, and placelessness. In Geographies of Writing: Inhabiting Places and Encountering Difference, Nedra Reynolds addresses these problems in the context of higher education, arguing that theories of writing and rhetoric must engage the metaphorical implications of place without ignoring materiality.

Geographies of Writing makes three closely related contributions: one theoretical, to reimagine composing as spatial, material, and visual; one political, to understand the sociospatial construction of difference; and one pedagogical, to teach writing as a set of spatial practices. Aided by seven maps and illustrations that reinforce the book’ s visual rhetoric, Geographies of Writing shows how composition tasks and electronic space function as conduits for navigating reality.

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-viii

List of Figures

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pp. ix-x


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pp. xi-xiv

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pp. 1-10

In one of the most well-known and influential rhetoric texts in the canon, Phaedrus is on his way out of the city, going for a walk “outside the walls,” when he meets Socrates and shares his belief that his walk in the country will be “more refreshing than a stroll in the city squares” (Hamilton 21). Socrates joins Phaedrus, where they soon come to the Ilissus; Phaedrus spots...

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1. Between Metaphor and Materiality

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pp. 11-46

What do bodies, city walls, pathways, streams, or plane trees have to do with rhetoric, writing, or an intellectual discussion? Plato opens the Phaedrus with attention to place because the context has everything to do with where Socrates and Phaedrus are located, both in a physical place and in relation to each other. While race, class, and gender have long been...

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2. Reading Landscapes and Walking the Streets: Geography and the Visual

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pp. 47-77

Many of us were introduced to geography by maps on classroom walls or copies of National Geographic in waiting rooms. Curriculum reform of the 1960s and 1970s replaced history and geography within the broader category “social studies,” and in turn, students’ knowledge of geography began to plummet, according to some studies. My own educational...

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3. Maps of the Everyday: Habitual Pathways and

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pp. 78-109

In one episode of the popular television drama The West Wing, White House officials meet with groups that wouldn’t normally have the ear of the White House.1 The character C. J. is assigned the group “Cartographers for Social Equality” and meets with them reluctantly. The Cartographers for Social Equality had come to the White House asking for a mere million...

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4. Streetwork: Seeing Difference Geographically

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pp. 110-138

Disney World—one of cultural geographers’ prime targets for critique1— opens with a fairy tale castle but soon becomes Main Street, U.S.A., where commerce, charm, and concrete come together in a swirling combination of nostalgia, patriotism, and an idyllic capitalist landscape. Places are said to be “Disneyfied” when they seem contrived, false, inauthentic...

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5. Learning to Dwell: Inhabiting Spaces and Discourses

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pp. 139-180

In attempting to study and understand places and spaces—their richness and variety and mysteries—cultural geographers often use the image of a palimpsest, the imprint of marks on a tablet, overwritten by other marks. How can writing and composing practices be studied, the Leeds students might suggest, as “the sum of all the erasures and over-writings” (Crang 22)?...


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pp. 181-188

Works Cited

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pp. 189-198


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pp. 199-207

Author Bio

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pp. 223-223

Back Cover

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pp. 224-224

E-ISBN-13: 9780809387519
E-ISBN-10: 0809387514
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809327874
Print-ISBN-10: 0809327872

Page Count: 223
Illustrations: 7
Publication Year: 2007

Edition: 1st Edition

OCLC Number: 607020587
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