Lugging Around

, I start back to classes tomorrow for the final semester of
coursework.  The following selections fill the docket, in no particular
order; they’re the ones I’ll be hefting around in the coming months.

GEO781: Seminar in Cartography: Web Mapping and Cybercartography
Mapping Hacks, Erle, Gibson, and Walsh.
Added (on reserve): Mapping Cyberspace, Dodge, Martin and Kitchen.
Maps and the Internet, Paterson, ed.
Web Cartography: Developments and Prospects, Kraak and Brown, eds.
Multimedia Cartography, Cartwright, Peterson, and Gartner, eds.
The Political Mapping of Cyberspace, Crampton.

CCR651: Interdisciplinary Studies in Language and Literacy: Afrofuturism
Afrolantica Legacies,
Derrick Bell.
Race, Rhetoric, and Technology: Searching for Higher Ground
, Adam Banks.
Technicolor: Technologies of Everyday Life, Alondra Nelson, ed.
Afrofuturism: A Special Issue of Social Text (July 2002), Alondra Nelson,
Technology and the African-American Experience : Needs and Opportunities for
. Bruce Sinclair, ed.
African Fractals: Modern Computing and Indigenous Design, Ron Eglash.
Information and Communication Technologies for Development in Africa,
Ramata Molo Thioune, ed.
Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation, Rayvon Fouche.
Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora,
Sheree Thomas, ed.

CCR712: Advanced Theory and Philosophy of Composition: Mapping the Future:
Theory and Practice of "Writing" the Discipline
Practicing Writing: The Postwar Discourse of Freshman English
,  Thomas
The End of Composition Studies,  David Smit.
In Search of Eloquence,   Cornelius Cosgrove and Nancy Barta-Smith.
Writing and Learning in Cross-National Perspective, ed. David Foster and
David Russell.
Geographies of Writing,  Nedra Reynolds.
CityComp,  ed. Bruce McComiskey and Cynthia Ryan.
Writing Genres, Amy Devitt.
Tracing Genres through Organizations, Clay Spinuzzi.
Making Sense of the Organization, Karl Weick.
The Moment of Complexity, Mark Taylor.
The Tactics of Hope, Paula Mathieu.
The Language of Experience,  Gwen Gorzelsky.
The English Studies Book, 2nd ed., Rob Pope.
Added: Literacy in the New Media Age, Gunther Kress.

There remains, no doubt, a wagonload of articles extending well beyond these
fine selections.  And I’ve done pretty well to secure many of the books
already, although my orders placed just ten days ago haven’t started
showing up yet (most of the orders were for 712).  Also, I have a few
high-priced items from the third list to line up once I figure out how
extensively they’ll be used.  Sixty-eight junior bacon double-cheeseburgers
for the Foster and Russell edited collection had me thinking about how fond I am
of libraries, for example.   

For Reading

Here are the booklists for the two classes I’m taking this fall.  I
ordered many of them the other day (had several from the second list already on
the office shelf).  The second class (690) is an independent study, so I was thinking that it might be worthwhile to (semi)formalize a reading schedule, post it here, and invite read-alongs.  By this I mean that anyone interested (or already intent on reading anything listed in the months ahead) could coordinate readings mixed with a few carnivalous interchanges, conversation and so on. 
And yet I understand how things go, how in-semester workloads swell beyond our earlier anticipations of them.  No problem if that happens (if, down the
line, you’re too busy).  As one of the agreed-to aspects of the study, I’ll
be registering notes, lines of inquiry and other connectables throughout the
fall, blogging it either way, I mean.  Feel free to express interest,
whatever comes of it.

Continue reading →

What’s in your bag?

What I thought yesterday was a good idea has me struggling over the whole
revelatory ethic.  This entry proves the struggle’s status for now. 
For a few months, I’ve been fielding questions from family and friends who ask,
"Now what exactly will you be doing at Syracuse?". 
Teaching, reading, writing, thinking, walking, biking and so on.  And maybe
the better question is what I’ll be carrying around with me while I’m doing all
of that other stuff.  So the meme goes: What’s in your bag for these
sixteen weeks?
(Fine.  It’s not a meme until somebody else does
it, too, but this is by all means memable.) And so

I’m toting around lime Tic-Tacs, a small bottle of Advil, a 64MB jump drive
(in need of upsizing, I think), a few electronic gadgets, a Sharpie marker, a
Guadalupe charm, office and house keys (but no car keys!…wait, what’s
this?…a valet key for the Honda in my bag? Wha?), a file thick with collected
papers relating to this and that, a piece of chalk, two dry-erase markers, a
legal pad, (for one day only) a pile of 40 syllabi for two sections of WRT105,
and a shifting array of articles to accompany what follows for the semester of

601 Introduction to Scholarship in Composition and Rhetoric
Handa, Carolyn, ed. Visual Rhetoric in a Digital World: A Critical
( 2004)
Crowley, Sharon. Composition in the University: Historical and Polemical
Wiley, Mark, Barbara Gleason, and Louise Phelps, eds. Composition in Four Keys: Inquiring into the
Marable, Manning. The Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in
Gilyard, Keith and Vorris Nunley, eds. Rhetoric and Ethnicity (2004)
Smitherman, Geneva and Victor Villanueva, eds. Language Diversity in the Classroom: from Intention to
Selfe, Cynthia L. Technology and Literacy in the Twenty First Century: the Importance of Paying

631 Twentieth Century Rhetorical Studies
J.L. Austin, How to Do Things With Words ( 1975)
R. Barthes, Mythologies ( 1973)
Judith Butler, Excitable Speech : A Politics of the Performative ( 1997)
Terry Eagleton, Idea of Culture ( 2000)
Frantz Fanon , Black Skin, White Masks ( 1991)
Michel Foucault, Order of Things : An Archaeology of the Human Sciences
( 1994)
Rosemary Hennessy, Materialist Feminism and the Politics of Difference
Lakoff, George, Moral Politics: What Conservatives Know That Liberals Don’t
( 1996)
Chela Sandoval, Methodology of the Oppressed ( 2000)
Raymond Williams, Marxism and Literature ( 1985)

732 Critical Studies in Writing Curriculum
Ira Shor, Critical Teaching and Everyday Life (1987) 
A. Suresh Canagarajah, A Geopolitics of Academic Writing (2002)
Andrea Lunsford, Crossing Borderlands: Composition and Postcolonial Studies (2004)
Arjuna Parakrama, Language and Rebellion : Discursive Unities and the Possibility of Protest
[??] Lyons, Espejos y Ventanas
Gil Ott, No Restraints : An Anthology of Disability Culture in Philadelphia
Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks (1971) 
Ellen Cushman, Literacy : A Critical Sourcebook (2001)
[??] Deans, Writing Partnership

Note to sore back:  We won’t be carrying everything at once. 

What’s in your bag?