Making and Remaking the Self through Digital Writing

Authored by: Julie Faulkner

The Routledge Handbook of Digital Writing and Rhetoric

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138671362
eBook ISBN: 9781315518497
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In Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot described the venture of writing as “a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate.” If writing is about meaning-making in all its symbolic forms, authorial questions then remain about resources available to negotiate the “general mess of imprecision of feeling” (Eliot again). Writing in education has been constructed traditionally as a solitary activity, concerned with the use of print to persuade, inform, and motivate readers. Writers are asked to consider to whom they are writing, the context of their writing, and what kinds of written structures they are drawing on to effectively reach their audiences. These kinds of social understandings and rhetorical practices continue to ground technological processes (Verhulsdonck and Limbu), while the technologies themselves open expanded tools for making meaning. Moreover, we are now very conscious of the highly collaborative ways of working, playing, and socializing with and through the digital. We might then ask what these expanded possibilities in relation to writing might look like in a twenty-first-century writing environment. Further, how could the potential of digital technologies challenge inscribed approaches to learning and teaching writing?

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