Silences and occlusions represent ideological positions in the Writing Across the Curriculum movement. Several major professional associations have taken-up WAC through issuing position statements: NCTE, CCCC, CWPA, NWP, and INWAC. Presences and absences in this discourse suggest tensions embedded in […]
American television has had a long-standing fascination with the character of the witch. With a little wit, camp, and some low-budget special effects, these fantasy women negotiate the performance of gendered public personas (the housewife or teenage girl), seemingly at […]
Drawing inspiration from the work of Andrea Lunsford and Lisa Ede, this presentation questions what relevance the concept of “audience” holds in light of participatory media, as well as what relevance the term “text” holds with respect to the shifting […]
In 1982, the University of Massachusetts Amherst founded its Writing Program following the passage of a measure by its Faculty Senate. This measure had wide implications including the changing of general education requirements, creation of a new requirement (Junior Year […]
In response to a polarizing letter to the editor published in the student newspaper from an alumna in early 2012, members of the Smith College community took to the web to create a public response through the blog service, Tumblr.
21st-century environments for reading and writing are continually expanding. With this expansion comes a growing variety of texts, few of which resemble what many students and teachers think of as a “traditional” essay. A critical understanding of the concepts of […]