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Technology and English Studies
Innovative Professional Paths

ISBN 9780805845891
Published November 11, 2005 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

In scholarship about technology and English studies, there are a number of first-person narratives that suggest what may be termed "traditional" professional paths. That is, they chronicle the positive influence of a particular technology, class, professor, or publication, and suggest that it inspired a distinct and rewarding professional path. What is missing is the rest of the story--alternate ways that individuals have come to do work in technology and English studies and analysis of what this means for paths others might pursue. Technology and English Studies: Innovative Professional Paths meets this need.

The volume begins with definitions of its three central terms: technology, English Studies, and professional paths. Chapters are organized in four sections, reflecting both a chronological progression and thematic professional development: "The Past as the Future"; "Searching the Academy"; "Pushing Boundaries"; and "Forging Beyond." As a forerunner in addressing professionalization across the domains that comprise technology and English studies, it will prove foundational for many readers with non-traditional or otherwise alternate backgrounds who are working out what professional paths might be available to them.

Technology and English Studies: Innovative Professional Paths is an important professional development resource for professors, instructors, and graduate students across the field of English studies, including rhetoric and composition, computers and writing, computer-assisted language learning, literary and linguistic computing, literary studies, English education, technical communication, linguistics, writing centers, second-language education/ESL, and creative writing.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: The Past as the Future. E.S. Rabkin, Democracy, Real Work, and Falling in Love With the Net. N. Hilton, Chip Off the Old Board. W. Morgan, Circe's Mirror: Professing Liminality. J.F. Barber, All About...Eclecticism as a Professional Path to English Studies. Part II: Searching the Academy. J. Castner, The Importance of Belief. D. Eyman, Moving in From the Periphery: Exploring the Disciplinary Labyrinth. K. Dorwick, From Darkness to Light: Struggling With the Tenure-Track. D. Grigar, On Chance and Change and the Paths on Which They Take Us. Part III: Pushing Boundaries. P.B. Childers, Taking Risks: How to Keep the Juices Flowing. J. Edminster, Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Constructing Professional Interest Over and Against Resistance to Innovation. J.M. Slatin, Becoming an Accessibility Researcher: A Memoir. M. Warschauer, Networking the Nile: Technology and Professional Development in Egypt. Part IV: Forging Beyond. J. Elmborg, A Long Strange Trip: Finding Humanism in the Modern Wired Library. D. Greco, My Freelance Life: Curiosity Versus Professionalization. B.L. Hewett, Interdependency: Building Relationships Between the Academy and the Private Sector. M. Amerika, Answers to Questions I Have Been Asked: A Technomadic Journey.

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