About the Project
This project is a companion to a review essay published simultaneously in a print issue of Computers and Composition.
Like the print version, one goal of this project is to review three recently released webtext publications from Computers
and Composition Digital Press:
Queer Meditations on Writing the Self (Jacqueline Rhodes and Jonathan Alexander, 2015);
Sustainable Learning Spaces: Design, Infrastructure, Technology (ed. Russell Carpenter, Richard Selfe, Shawn Apostel, and Kristi
Apostel, 2015); and
Provocations: Reconstructing the Archive (featuring the work of Erin R. Anderson, Tracy N. Campbell, Alexandera Hidalgo, and Jody Shipka, 2016).
However, another goal of this digital version is to explore the possibilities a webtext review offers for reviewing webtext scholarship
in its own born-digital environment. How can a webtext review respond to webtext scholarship in a way that a print review cannot?
If, as Ball (2004) argues, a webtext's design plays a key role in performing its argument, how might a born-digital review
draw critical attention to this design in its own native digital territory?
Entrusting a more linear argument to the print form of the essay, this
experimental project explores one approach (critical visual arrangement) for reviewing scholarship that both embraces
and exceeds traditionally alphabetic modes of knowledge creation.
To navigate this project, choose one of the objects in the navigation bar at the lower left. Each review page features key images, video, and quotes
sampled from the focal webtext and arranged according to an organizing metaphor that plays a significant theoretical role in the respective project.
Clicking the project title will take the reader directly to the reviewed webtext; clicking on an element will enlarge the quote/image or play the video; and clicking the word for the organizing metaphor will bring up a discussion
of the critical review work underlying the organization of each review page. Each page includes a link to a descriptive transcript giving a verbal
overview of every section. This webtext is best viewed in Chrome on laptops/desktops.
About the Project
Provocations: Reconstructing the Archive
Techne: Queer Meditations on Writing the Self
Sustainable Learning Spaces: Design, Infrastructure, and Technology