Tuesday 9:30 AM-12:20 PM
Writing is more than a relay between mind and surface or screen. Our bodies are involved. Environment matters, as do emotions, sensory elements like smell and sound, and the presence of others—both human and nonhuman. Objects have aliveness. Our tools delight—ah, the clean lines of a favorite pen—and frustrate: How can I get rid of this errant line in Microsoft Word? Why is this program in charge of my writing? In our study this semester, we’ll consider writing’s entanglements with the material world. Our interdisciplinary, cross-genre readings will range from theoretical explorations of agency and objecthood ( Sylvia Wynter, Tim Ingold, Bruno Latour, Audre Lorde, Sherry Turkle) to studies of embodiment and environment (Harryette Mullen, Virginia Woolf, Gloria Anzaldúa) to the evolution of writing tools across time and culture (Kathryn Piquette and Ruth Whitehouse, Dennis Baron, Malea Powell, Matthew Kirschenbaum) and landing on studies of radical collaboration across species and language (Debra Hawhee, Donna Haraway, Suresh Canagarajah). Assignments will include short responses, a self-study, and a qualitative research project.