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2016 July College English, v78.6

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ISBN/ISSN: 0010-0994


College English
Volume 78, Number 6, July 2016

From the Editor
Kelly A. Ritter

Writing and Rhetoric and/as Posthuman Practice
Casey Boyle
Abstract: This article examines the role of reflective practice in rhetoric and composition scholarship and argues for reconsidering practice through posthumanism. It (re)introduces posthumanism as a productive frame for considering rhetorical training in a networked age. In place of reflective practice, the article develops the concept of "posthuman practice" as a serial and material activity for rhetorical training. The article concludes by reconsidering metacognition and how reframing rhetoric as a posthuman practice could affect rhetorical pedagogy and ethics.

Conditions of (Im)Possibility: Postmonolingual Language Representations in Academic Literacies
Nancy Bou Ayash
Abstract: This study accounts for the complex tensions that four FYW multilingual students from Lebanon experience as they strive to reconcile monolingual representations of language—as a fixed, internally uniform, and discrete entity—on one hand with their own commitment toward mobilizing their diverse language resources as fluid, malleable, and intermingling in their academic work. Based on an analysis of the "postmonolingual" nature of their representations of language and language relations as socially embedded and constructed, I argue that diverse, and often contradictory representations circulating in their minds have complicated, even stifled, these writers' translingual academic literacies and abilities.

An Imagined America: Rhetoric and Identity During the “First Student Rebellion in the Arab World”
Lisa Arnold
Abstract: This essay considers a student-led protest that took place in 1882 at Syrian Protestant College as a moment of rhetorical negotiation in which (Arab) students unsuccessfully construct and deploy an "imagined America" to speak back to (American) faculty and administrators. This essay's historical analysis helps illustrate the high stakes and implicit promises of transnational knowledge economies today and in the past, as represented in and through the globalization of American-style institutions of higher education and the assumptions about citizenship, and literate practices, that are attached to it.

Review: Beyond the Tipping Point: Creative Writing Comes of Age
Stephanie Vanderslice
Abstract: The publication of the three works reviewed here relating to creative writing theory and pedagogy mark a point of critical mass for the field of creative writing studies that has been building for decades. This review looks at those books and discusses how they help point the way forward for the discipline.

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Thanks to Referees

Index to Volume 78

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