Christian R. Weisser is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Hawaii (Hilo).
Sidney I. Dobrin is Associate Professor of English and the Director of Writing Programs at the University of Florida. He is the author of Constructing Knowledges: The Politics of Theory-Building and Pedagogy in Composition, and the coeditor (with Lynn Worsham and Gary A. Olson) of The Kinneavy Papers: Theory and the Study of Discourse, and (with Gary A. Olson) Composition Theory for the Postmodern Classroom, all from SUNY Press.
"Nature is our grandest and oldest home, older than language, grander than consciousness. John Murray knows that in his bones, and he shares his knowledge generously with anyone who opens this book. Whether you write about the earth for publication or only for deepening your perceptions, you will find keen-eyed guidance here." - Scott Russell Sanders, author of Staying Put
This text marks a summit of work initiated in Reynolds's well-received article, ?Composition's Imagined Geographies: The Politics in the Frontier, City, and Cyberspace.” In continuing this earlier work, Geographies of Writing multiplies its range of application and proposes a geographical rhetoric. Reynolds uses cultural geography, feminist theory, qualitative research, and service learning to link writing and spatial practices and to unpack the layers of the social production of space. Drawing largely from participant-observation research in a cultural geography class at Leeds University in England, she investigates questions of difference and identity and offers an alternative to the process paradigm.
Geographies of Writing makes three closely related contributions: one theoretical, to re-imagine composing as spatial, material, and visual; one political, to understand the sociospatial construction of difference; and one pedagogical, to teach writing as a set of spatial practices. Aided by seven maps and illustrations that reinforce the book's visual rhetoric, Geographies of Writing shows how composing tasks and electronic space function as conduits for navigating reality.
This casebook for the story includes an introduction by the editor, a chronology of the author's life, the authoritative text of the story itself, comments and letters by O'Connor about the story, critical essays, and a bibliography. The critical essays span more than twenty years of commentary and suggest several approaches to the story--formalistic, thematic, deconstructionist-- all within the grasp of the undergraduate, while the introduction also points interested students toward still other resources. Useful for both beginning and advanced students, this casebook provides an in-depth introduction to one of America's most gifted modern writers.