Posted in January 2013

1.29.13

1.29.13

Don’t I feel smart for having so happily lapped up the Kulick. Apparently didn’t make a lot of linguistic-friends with that article. Just finished Bucholtz and Hall–who offer a pretty damning evaluation of Kulick in their article, “Theorizing identity in language and sexuality research.” But here’s the thing: I was set up. I’ve never read … Continue reading

1.27.13

1.27.13

First: Language and Gender. Second: Computers and Writing: Third: Mariachi! Read Kulick’s “Gay and Lesbian Language”–a review essay, albeit a well-written and engaging one. Kulick also has an argument to make, which I am going to see if I can summarize. The field (variously named) which focuses on the study of the language used by … Continue reading

1.24.13

1.24.13

This post is very long. If you read it that’s fine. If you don’t want to read it that’s fine, too. But everyone should watch the video about talking like a Minnesotan–linked near the bottom of the post. I have to come up with a conversation. Something that I am willing to listen to, participate … Continue reading

1.23.13 – Multimodality

1.23.13 – Multimodality

How do we conceptualize multimodality in a class about computers and writing? I think back to those learning style tests that I took in elementary school, which hopefully labeled students as audio learners! tactile learners! visual learners! and the like. These tests are interesting in that they set up modes of learning as dichotomous. You … Continue reading

1.22.13

1.22.13

Last night I had a dream that I was giving a talk in front of a large group of women. I don’t know the topic of the talk, but there I was, on the stage of a hundred person lecture hall droning-on, on. . .Oh yeah, I was also shaving my armpits. Guess I was … Continue reading

1.16.13

1.16.13

I had an appointment this afternoon, which I made weeks ago, to speak with a person from Instructional Support Services. The appointment happened to follow Computers and Writing. And man was that weird. I was talking to this gentleman (helpful, kind, knowledgeable) about the possibility of having my students design posters which translated their best … Continue reading

1.15.13 (2)

1.15.13 (2)

Computers and Writing . . . “The Achieved Utopia of the Networked Classroom” (5 stars). “The Politics of the Interface Power and Its Electronic Contact Zones” (4 stars). I think one the the central questions in Faigley is the issue of authority in the networked classroom. The phrase he uses–borrows–is “decentering the subject.” He notes … Continue reading

1.15.13

1.15.13

Robin Lakoff is the man. My sister likes to say that to me when I’ve done something great (or even just OK); she drops her voice and it usually ends up sounding like “You duh maaaaan, Molly!” and she makes some caricatured, masculine gestures to accompany it (flexes her biceps, furrows her brow, fist-pumps, and … Continue reading

1.13.13

1.13.13

Agree, agree, agree: “In emphasizing the importance of responding to ‘new’ audio and visual technologies, scholars have inadvertently deleted from view many of the vivid multimodal scenes that flourished in our field’s past” (Palmeri, 5). But I still want to know what IS new about the digital composition practices? Certainly something sets the blog-composing apart … Continue reading

1.12.13

1.12.13

Just finished reading Lang and Gender stuff for Tuesday. I have to come up with a question or two to spur discussion. Hum. I am not exactly sure what to ask–Robin discouraged us from asking ‘clarifying’ questions in the guise of discussion questions, so I am going to try to avoid it–though I have to … Continue reading