• Manga on Manga: Thinking about Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life in the Comp Class

    [This post was originally published on October 30, 2012.]   As a writing program administrator, I spend precious little time actually teaching first-year students, and instead have shifted much of my professional...
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  • Using Comics as Historical Primary Sources

    [This post originally published on February 28, 2012.]   Teaching history with comics is becoming increasingly common—the graphic novel’s richly illustrated form accommodates many important genres fo...
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  • Keeping Costs Down When Teaching with Comics

    This semester I am teaching a comics and graphic novels course. As I often do when teaching about new media for the first time, I consulted the blog of one of my mentors for meaningful instruction, Henry Jenkins. In a...
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  • Partnering with Students on Textbook Revisions

    Collaboration is a key theme in the second edition of Understanding Rhetoric, and we devote an entirely new chapter to this important topic. So it was exciting to travel to Kennesaw State University in Georgia to see ...
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  • Representation vs. Simulation

    Recently I joined an international group of scholars who are exploring how traditional strategies for making meaning from the world through representation are being supplanted by new approaches that emphasize simulati...
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  • Learning to See Writing

    Jonathan Alexander and Elizabeth Losh are currently at work on Understanding Rhetoric, Second Edition. The following post continues to reflect the journey, even though it was originally posted on Februa...
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  • Becoming Academically Respectable: Notes on Comics from MLA 2016

    The gap between the study of comics and the study of serious literature within academia has been shrinking in recent years, as campuses include more graphic novels in their first-year composition courses and in &ldquo...
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  • Teaching Engineering as a Discipline with Graphic Novels

    This blog was originally posted on March 6th, 2015.   A few months ago Nick Carbone pointed out one of the most interesting and sophisticated examples of student work that I’ve ever seen in a graphic novel ...
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  • Communicating to Non-Literate Audiences with Comics

    This blog was originally posted on February 2nd, 2015.   In the United States comics generally appeal to those who already know how to read and write, but in other contexts sequences of images with relatable char...
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