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Congratulations to five faculty members in the ASU Department of English, whose volumes on animal studies, writing research, poems of the dead, and international student writing have been released or are imminently forthcoming.
This volume critically investigates current topics and disciplines that are affected, enriched or put into dispute by the burgeoning scholarship on Animal Studies. What new questions and modes of research need come into play if we are to seriously acknowledge our entanglements with other animals? World-leading scholars from a range of disciplines, including Literature, Philosophy, Art, Biosemiotics, and Geography, set the agenda for Animal Studies today. Rather than a narrow specialism, the 35 newly commissioned essays in this book show how we think of other animals to be intrinsic to fields as major as ethics, economies as widespread as capitalism and relations as common as friendship. The volume contains original, cutting-edge research and opens up new methods, alignments, directions as well as challenges for the future of Animal Studies. Uniquely, the chapters each focus on a single topic, from ‘Abjection’ to ‘Voice’ and from ‘Affection’ to ‘Technology’, thus embedding the animal question as central to contemporary concerns across a wide range of disciplines.
Broglio is Associate Professor of English (Literature) and Senior Sustainability Scholar at ASU. He is the author of Beast of Burden: Biopolitics, Labor and Animal Life in British Romanticism (State University of New York Press); Surface Encounters: Thinking with Animals and Art (University of Minnesota Press); and Technologies of the Picturesque (Bucknell University Press).
In the course of research, most scholars have known moments of surprise, catastrophe, or good fortune, though they seldom refer to these occurrences in reports or discuss them with students. Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research reveals the different kinds of work scholars—particularly those in rhetoric, writing, and literacy—need to do in order to recognize a serendipitous discovery or a missed opportunity.
In published scholarship and research, the path toward discovery seems clean and direct. The dead ends, backtrackings, start-overs, and stumbles that occur throughout the research process are elided, and it seems that the researchers started at point A and arrived safely and neatly at point B without incident, as if by magic. The path, however, is never truly clear and straight. Research and writing is messy. Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research features chapters from twenty-three writing scholars who have experienced moments of serendipity in their own work—not by magic or pure chance but through openness and active waiting, which offer an opportunity to prepare the mind.
Serendipity in Rhetoric, Writing, and Literacy Research illustrates the reality of doing research: there is no reliable prescription or one-size-fits-all manual, but success can be found with focused dedication and an open mind.
Maureen Goggin a Professor of English (Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies) and former Chair of the Department of English at ASU. She is the author or editor of nine scholarly books and several editions of a textbook and a pedagogical book. She is coeditor of Shifting Perspectives and Women and the Material Culture of Death and has written widely about the history of rhetoric, writing pedagogy, gender, visual rhetoric, and women and material culture.
Peter Goggin is Associate Professor of English (Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies) and a Senior Sustainability Scholar at ASU. He is the editor of Environmental Rhetoric and Ecologies of Place and Rhetorics, Literacies, and Narratives of Sustainability and author of Professing Literacy in Composition Studies. He is founder and co-director of the annual Western States Rhetoric and Literacy conference, which features themes on sustainability, culture, transnationality, and place.
A poetic study of the eternal, T. R. Hummer’s new collection Eon, as with the other volumes in this trilogy—Ephemeron and Skandalon—offers meditations on the brief arc of our existence, death, and beyond. With vivid, corporeal imagery and metaphysical flourishes, the poet explores how the dead influence the ways we understand ourselves. Anchored with a series of poems that can be read as extended epitaphs, the collection closes with a gesture toward the redemptive power of love. In the tradition of Rainer Maria Rilke, Emily Dickinson, and Philip Levine, Eon shows us the power of being “simple expressions of our earth. It imagined us, / And was imagined by something nameless in return.”
Hummer is Emeritus Professor of English (Creative Writing) at ASU. His most recent books of poetry are the three linked volumes Ephemeron, Skandalon, and Eon (LSU Press) and After the AfterLife (Acre Books). He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant in Poetry, the Richard Wright Award for Artistic Excellence, the Hanes Poetry Prize, and the Donald Justice Award in Poetry.
The Internationalization of US Writing Programs illuminates the role writing programs and WPAs play in defining goals, curriculum, placement, assessment, faculty development, and instruction for international student populations. The volume offers multiple theoretical approaches to the work of writing programs and illustrates a wide range of well-planned writing program–based empirical research projects.
As of 2016, over 425,000 international students were enrolled as undergraduates in US colleges and universities, part of a decade-long trend of increasing numbers of international students coming to the United States for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Writing program administrators and writing teachers across the country are beginning to recognize this changing demographic as a useful catalyst for change in writing programs, which are tasked with preparing all students, regardless of initial level of English proficiency, for academic and professional writing.
The Internationalization of US Writing Programs is the first collection to focus specifically on this crucial aspect of the roles and responsibilities of WPAs, who are leading efforts to provide all students on their campuses, regardless of nationality or first language, with competencies in writing that will serve them in the academy and beyond.
Rose is Professor of English (Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies) and Director of the Writing Programs at ASU. She has served as director of composition at Purdue, director of graduate assistants at Eastern Michigan University, director of composition faculty development at San Diego State University, and graduate adviser for SDSU’s Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, where she was a founding faculty member. She is the director of the WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service.