This handbook brings together scholars from around the globe who here contribute to our understanding of how digital rhetoric is changing the landscape of writing. Increasingly, all of us must navigate networks of information, compose not just with computers but an array of
mobile devices, increase our technological literacy, and understand the changing dynamics of authoring, writing, reading, and publishing in a world of rich and complex texts. Given such changes, and given the diverse ways in which younger generations of college students are writing, communicating, and designing texts in multimediated, electronic environments, we need to consider how the very act of writing itself is undergoing potentially fundamental changes. These changes are being addressed increasingly by the emerging field of digital rhetoric, a field that
attempts to understand the rhetorical possibilities and affordances of writing, broadly defined, in a wide array of digital environments. Of interest to both researchers and students, this volume provides insights about the fields of rhetoric, writing, composition, digital media, literature, and multimodal studies.
Jonathan Alexander is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, where he is also the founding director of the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication. The author, co-author, or editor of thirteen books, he writes frequently about multimedia, transmedia, digital literacies, pop culture, and sexuality. With Jacqueline Rhodes, he is the co-author or co-editor of the award-winning texts On Multimodality: New Media in Composition Studies (2014), and Techne: Queer Meditations on Writing the Self (2015), and Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics (2015).
Jacqueline Rhodes is professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of a number of books and articles that explore the intersections of materiality and technology, including Radical Feminism, Writing, and Critical Agency (2005), On Multimodality: New Media in Composition Studies (2014), and Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics (2015).
"This handbook simultaneously intensifies our field’s engagement with the digital while also slowing down our thinking about what constitutes the digital in rhetoric and writing. This handbook is thus a slow burn that thoroughly and dynamically engages the diverse range of approaches to digital writing and rhetoric."
—Nathaniel A. Rivers, Saint Louis University
"How do we write today? Who are we when we write? How do we shape the world around us through writing? This volume provides a comprehensive approach to thinking—from a wide range of perspectives, drawing a wide range of conclusions—about the ways that digital environments shape our understandings and experiences of writing today. Each of the essays that Alexander and Rhodes have gathered here works to avoid the short-sightedness of transformational rhetoric while nonetheless exploring what is in fact different about the digital age. Collectively, these essays demonstrate the complexity of what we mean when we talk about writing, a complexity that only grows as the technologies and environments within which that activity takes place continue to change."
—Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Michigan State University