Moving beyond ecocomposition, this book galvanizes conversations in ecology and writing not with an eye toward homogenization, but with an agenda of firmly establishing the significance of writing research that intersects with ecology. It looks to establish ecological writing studies not just as a legitimate or important form of writing research, but as paramount to the future of writing studies and writing theory. Complex ecologies, writing studies, and new-media/post-media converge to highlight network theories, systems theories, and posthumanist theories as central in the shaping of writing theory, and this study embraces work in these areas as essential to the development of ecological theories of writing. Contributors address ecological theories of writing by way of diverse and promising avenues, united by the underlying commitment to better understand how ecological methodologies might help better inform our understanding of writing and might provoke new theories of writing. Ecology, Writing Theory, and New Media fuels future theoretical conversations about ecology and writing and will be of interest to those who are interested in theories of writing and the function of writing.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Ecology and a Future of Writing Studies Sidney I. Dobrin 1. In Terms Of Writing As Such Raúl Sánchez 2. Rhetorics of (Non)Symbolic Cultivation Nathaniel Rivers 3. Writing Ecologies, Rhetorical Epidemics Kristen Seas 4. Agential Matters: Tumbleweed, Women-Pens, Citizens-Hope, and Rhetorical Actancy Laurie Gries 5. Discipline and Publish: Reading and Writing the Scholarly Network Collin Gifford Brooke 6. Digital Ecologies Sean Morey 7. Post-Media Occupations for Writing Theory: From Augmentation to Autopoiesis John Tinnell 8. Quale Morphics: Strategic Wisdom Gregory L. Ulmer 9. Curating Ecologies, Circulating Musics: From The Public Sphere to Sphere Publics Byron Hawk 10. The Ecology of the Question: Reading Austin's Public Housing Debates, 1937-1938 Jenny Rice 11. Ecology, Ecologies, and Institutions: Eco and Composition Donnie Johnson Sackey and Dànielle Nicole DeVoss
Sidney I. Dobrin is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida, US.