Locations of Composition, The

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Christopher J. Keller, Christian R. Weisser
SUNY Press - Language Arts & Disciplines - 315 pages
The Locations of Composition examines how spaces, places, and locations define, problematize, and shape composition studies. From a wide variety of perspectives, including critical theory, rhetoric, cultural geography, genre theory, postcolonial studies, and media studies, the contributors explore the disciplinary boundaries and authority of composition studies, how teachers of writing can engage students in more place-centered pedagogies, and how compositionists can sort through the often hidden and intricate relationships between and among composition's places. The book reveals the complex ways that places are central to the field's history, identity, and ability to move and change. Book jacket.

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Page 17 - A space exists when one takes into consideration vectors of direction, velocities, and time variables. Thus space is composed of intersections of mobile elements. It is in a sense actuated by the ensemble of movements deployed within it. Space occurs as the effect produced by the operations that orient it, situate it, temporalize it, and make it function in a polyvalent unity of conflictual programs or contractual proximities.
Page 27 - The present epoch will perhaps be above all the epoch of space. We are in the epoch of simultaneity: we are in the epoch of juxtaposition, the epoch of the near and far, of the side-by-side, of the dispersed. We are at a moment, I believe, when our experience of the world is less that of a long life developing through time than that of a network that connects points and intersects with its own skein.
Page 21 - The loss of weight of a body immersed in a fluid is equal to the weight of the displaced fluid, or a body immersed in a fluid is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by it.

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Christopher J. Keller is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas–Pan American and the coeditor (with Sidney I. Dobrin) of Writing Environments, also published by SUNY Press.

Christian R. Weisser is Associate Professor of English at Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. He has published several books, including Natural Discourse: Toward Ecocomposition (coauthored with Sidney I. Dobrin), also published by SUNY Press.

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