"What any body is-and is able to do-cannot be disentangled
from the media we use to consume and produce texts." ---from the
Kristin Arola and Anne Wysocki argue that composing in new media
is composing the body-is embodiment. In Composing (Media) =
Composing (Embodiment), they have brought together a powerful
set of essays that agree on the need for compositionists-and their
students-to engage with a wide range of new media texts. These
chapters explore how texts of all varieties mediate and thereby
contribute to the human experiences of communication, of self, the
body, and composing. Sample assignments and activities exemplify
how this exploration might proceed in the writing classroom.
Contributors here articulate ways to understand how writing
enables the experience of our bodies as selves, and at the same
time to see the work of (our) writing in mediating selves to make
them accessible to institutional perceptions and constraints. These
writers argue that what a body does, and can do, cannot be
disentangled from the media we use, nor from the times and cultures
and technologies with which we engage.
To the discipline of composition, this is an important
discussion because it clarifies the impact/s of literacy on
citizens, freedoms, and societies. To the classroom, it is
important because it helps compositionists to support their
students as they enact, learn, and reflect upon their own embodied
and embodying writing.
Subjects: Language & Literature, Education
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