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Connections Between Neuroscience, Rhetoric, and Writing
A Plastic Pedagogy for the Digital Age

ISBN 9780415791779
Published April 11, 2018 by Routledge
198 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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Edward J. Comstock is Senior Professorial Lecturer of Literature at American University, USA.