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
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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List of Figures
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Three articles are reprinted within this volume in revised form:“Composition’s Imagined Geographies: The Politics of Space in theFrontier, City, and Cyberspace” (College Composition and Communication50 : 12–35). Copyright © 1998 by the National Council of Teach-ers of English. Reprinted with permission. “Who’s Going to Cross This Bor-der? Travel Metaphors, Material Conditions, and Contested Places” (JAC:...
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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 countrywill be “more refreshing than a stroll in the city squares” (Hamilton 21).Socrates joins Phaedrus, where they soon come to the Ilissus; Phaedrus spotsa tall plane tree, and they settle there to hear and discuss the speech that...
1. Between Metaphor and Materiality
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Spatial metaphors are problematic in so far as they presume thatWhat do bodies, city walls, pathways, streams, or plane trees have todo with rhetoric, writing, or an intellectual discussion? Plato opensthe Phaedrus with attention to place because the context has everything todo with where Socrates and Phaedrus are located, both in a physical placeand in relation to each other. While race, class, and gender have long been...
2. Reading Landscapes and Walking the Streets
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...interrupted by leisurely halts to sit on vantage points and stop atMany of us were introduced to geography by maps on classroom wallsor copies of National Geographic in waiting rooms. Curriculum re-form of the 1960s and 1970s replaced history and geography within thebroader category “social studies,” and in turn, students’ knowledge of ge-ography began to plummet, according to some studies. My own educational...
3. Maps of the Everyday
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Who is felt to belong and not to belong contributes in an impor-In one episode of the popular television drama The West Wing, WhiteHouse officials meet with groups that wouldn’t normally have the ear ofthe White House.1 The character C. J. is assigned the group “Cartographersfor Social Equality” and meets with them reluctantly. The Cartographersfor Social Equality had come to the White House asking for a mere mil-...
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Disney World—one of cultural geographers’ prime targets for cri-tique1—opens with a fairy tale castle but soon becomes Main Street,U.S.A., where commerce, charm, and concrete come together in a swirl-ing combination of nostalgia, patriotism, and an idyllic capitalist landscape.Places are said to be “Disneyfied” when they seem contrived, false, inau-thentic—a place that’s trying too hard to seem safe or desirable, like gated...
5. Learning to Dwell
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All identities are a fluid amalgam of memories of places and origins,In attempting to study and understand places and spaces—their richnessand variety and mysteries—cultural geographers often use the image ofa palimpsest, the imprint of marks on a tablet, overwritten by other marks.How can writing and composing practices be studied, the Leeds studentsmight suggest, as “the sum of all the erasures and over-writings” (Crang 22)?...
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Nedra Reynolds is a professor of writing and rhetoric at the University ofRhode Island, where she teaches in and directs the College Writing Pro-gram. She has published in CCC, Rhetoric Review, JAC, and Pedagogy, aswell as in several collections. She is the author of Portfolio Keeping: A Guidefor Students and Portfolio Teaching: A Guide for Instructors. She coedited the...
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Page Count: 223
Publication Year: 2007
Edition: 1st Edition