Monthly Archives: May 2010

Designs of Academic Literacy

Finished reading The Designs of Academic Literacy, by Michael Newman (2002). Newman wants to know why some students succeed in college while others don’t. He follows four undergraduates at a midwestern state university to see if he can identify a … Continue reading

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Disgrace

Watched Disgrace, Steve Jacobs’ fine film version of Coetzee’s great and austere novel. The film stars John Malkovich as David Lurie, a Wordsworth scholar who is dismissed from his professorship in Cape Town after conducting a predatory affair with a … Continue reading

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Pecha Kucha

Or, “Slideware as Form.” Just scanned the latest issue of Composition Studies [38.1, Spring 2010]. The lead article, “An Inconvenient Tool: Rethinking the Role of Slideware in the Writing Classroom,” by Laurie Gries and Colin Brooke, is remarkable. Gries and … Continue reading

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Adorno, “The Essay as Form”

This seems the kind of piece that someone should have required me to read many years ago in preparation for some sort of comprehensive exam. But they didn’t. I stumbled across a brief reference to it while rereading Lynn Bloom’s … Continue reading

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