Geographies of Writing
Inhabiting Places and Encountering Difference
Publication Year: 2007
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
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
List of Figures
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...
1. Between Metaphor and Materiality
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...
2. Reading Landscapes and Walking the Streets: Geography and the Visual
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...
3. Maps of the Everyday: Habitual Pathways and
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...
4. Streetwork: Seeing Difference Geographically
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...
5. Learning to Dwell: Inhabiting Spaces and Discourses
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)?...
Page Count: 223
Publication Year: 2007
Edition: 1st Edition
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