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College English, Vol. 77, No. 2, November 2014

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Table of Contents

  • From the Editor [FREE ACCESS]

    Kelly Ritter

  • (Re)Educating the Senses: Multimodal Listening, Bodily Learning, and the Composition of Sonic Experiences [FREE ACCESS]

    Steph Ceraso

    Abstract: This essay reimagines the way that listening is taught in the multimodal composition classroom. In contrast to listening to sonic content for meaning, the listening pedagogy I introduce is based on my concept of multimodal listening—a practice that involves attending to the sensory, material, and contextual aspects that comprise and shape a sonic event. I argue that cultivating multimodal listening practices will enable students to become more savvy consumers and producers of sound in the composition classroom and in their everyday lives.

    Keywords: Composition theory, Embodied learning, Multimodal composition, Sound

  • Toward a Twenty-First-Century Federal Writers’ Project

    Deborah Mutnick

    Abstract: This article draws parallels between the Great Depression and the great recession that began in 2007 in light of the history, methods, themes, and relevance of the New Deal Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) to contemporary community writing projects. Through a critical analysis of the FWP’s legacy as both a twentieth-century American epic and a lesson in powerful, sometimes flawed methodologies, this article suggests that a twenty-first-century reprise of the FWP would unify and inform already existing university-community partnerships to enact the “public turn” called for in composition and other disciplines at a critical juncture in American—and world—history.

    Keywords: Diversity, Community partnerships, Oral history, Public writing

  • Symposium: Revaluing the Work of the Editor

    Jenna Pack Sheffield, Summar C. Sparks, and Melissa Ianetta

    Abstract: Contributors to this symposium reflect on the role of the journal editor, noting the experiences of graduate student editors, the contributions of journal editors, and the tension that may exist between the roles of editor as gatekeeper and editor as facilitator.

    Keywords: Editing, Journal editing, Role of the editor, Student editing

  • Review: We Have Always Already Been Multimodal: Histories of Engagement with Multimodal and Experimental Composition [FREE ACCESS]

    Alan Benson

    Abstract: Benson examines three books—Experimental Writing in Composition: Aesthetics and Pedagogies, Remixing Composition: A History of Multimodal Writing Pedagogy, and Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse: A Cross-Historical Study—that  contribute powerfully to the scholarly conversation about the changing face of composition by illustrating how the narrative of newness associated with multimodal and experimental work hides a long saga of negotiation between the traditional and the new in the field of composition.

    Keywords: Composition, writing processes, multimodal, composition history

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