Connections Between Neuroscience, Rhetoric, and Writing
A Plastic Pedagogy for the Digital Age
This book argues that contemporary neuroscience compliments, extends, and challenges recent and influential posthuman and new materialist accounts of the relations between rhetoric, affect, and writing pedagogy. Drawing on cutting-edge neuro-philosophy, Comstock re-thinks both historical and current relations between writing and power around questions of affect, attention, and plasticity. In considering the uses and limits of exciting new findings from the neurobiology, this volume both theorizes and offers pedagogical strategies for teaching writing in a digital age characterized by the erosion of wonder and pervasive disaffection. Ultimately, in response to recent critiques transcendental reason and subjectivity, and related calls for the increased inclusion of multi-modal and digital writing and rhetoric, Comstock argues for an embodied pedagogy that values the substantial relations between writing and pedagogical care.
Table of Contents
Neuroscience and Neuroideology: Plasticity, Flexibility, and the Emotional Architecture of Experience
CHAPTER 1.5: Pedagogy Breakout 1
When Writing Explodes: The Relations Between Emotional Intelligence, Transference, and Blockages
Composition’s Correlationalisms: Objects of Wonder
To Care or not to Care: The Supposed Indestructability of Wonder
CHAPTER 3.5: Pedagogy Breakout 2
Taking the "Low Road" to Embodied Pedagogy: "Tacit Knowledge" and Wonder in Writing
Writing Pedagogy and The Crises of Attention: From Distraction to Disaffection
Technology, Intelligence, and the Plasticity of Writing in the New Attention Economy
CHAPTER 5.5: Pedagogy Breakout 3
Neurophilosophy, Argument Theory, and the Future of Reason: Towards an Embodied Public Rhetoric
Edward J. Comstock is Senior Professorial Lecturer of Literature at American University, USA.