Student View 2016


A signature event for the Writing and Communication Program, Student View once again featured outstanding student work from English 1101 and 1102, as well as various Literature, Media, and Communication courses. For the first time ever, the exhibit was hosted in the Stephen C. Hall Building, home of the Writing and Communication Program, opening with a reception on Thursday, April 14th. Another first, the event also featured two faculty development panels on Friday, April 15th. The exhibit … Continue reading

Brittain Fellow Posters from Celebrating Teaching Day 2016


  On Tuesday, March 15, a number of Brittain Fellows and Writing and Communication Program Lecturers showcased their work at Georgia Tech’s Celebrating Teaching Day celebration. Brittain Fellows and Lecturers use a wide range of multimodal activities and assignments in their classes, as their posters demonstrate. The posters can be viewed above, or for a closer look, click on the thumbnail images below.   Tweet This Post

Mapping Burroughs’s Junky


While Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957) is usually remembered as the quintessential American road novel, the slightly earlier debut novel of Kerouac’s friend and fellow Beat William S. Burroughs, Junky (1953), is equally expansive in its exploration of the North American continent. Kerouac’s roman à clef—first mapped by the author himself–ends in what Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari call a “return to the native land” (133): the protagonist Sal Paradise goes to live with … Continue reading

H. Rider Haggard’s Adventure Novel and Multimodal Composition


One of the challenges of teaching literature in a multimodal communication course is to keep students focused on the task at hand—becoming effective communicators—while also teaching the literary work as an artifact with all its history, cultural significance, and metaphorical complexities.  While I think nearly any cultural artifact from an ancient drum to a Romantic painting to a Dan O’Brien poem could be useful in a multimodal communication course, some artifacts are perhaps more naturally … Continue reading

Archiving Other Worlds: Science Fiction Magazines as Multimodal Artifacts


When first designing my English 1102 course, Multimodal Mars, I wanted to integrate the Georgia Tech Science Fiction Collection, which contains a large number of magazines such as Planet Stories, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Astounding Stories (among others). My reason for this was twofold: I felt that students would better understand science fiction of the mid-twentieth century by having firsthand experience with short stories, cover art, and illustrations, and I planned to have students digitize … Continue reading

Flash Readings Episode 3: “A Safe Imaginative Space”


The third episode of Flash Readings with the Brittain Fellows is “A Safe Imaginative Space,” featuring Ellen Stockstill’s interview with Sarah Higinbotham about the meaningful ways that children of many ages respond to Dr. Seuss’s “The Sneetches” (1961) and her work on Human Rights in Children’s Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law—just out from Oxford University Press (2015). Higinbotham discusses how Dr. Seuss’s absurd story and illustrations offer kids “a safe imaginative space” to … Continue reading

Engineering English: Writing Lessons from English 1101 and 1102

The banner image for Lakshmi's blog in ENGL 1101.

by Lakshmi Raju, introduced by Phoebe Bronstein (Brittain Fellow 2013-2016) Introduction Lakshmi took my 1101 and 1102 courses her freshman year at Georgia Tech. Currently, she is finishing up her junior year at Tech as an Electrical Engineering major and she is an Associate Editor for Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at the Journal of Young Investigators. During and after our classes, we stayed in touch and then last Fall during a visit, Dr. Rebecca … Continue reading

Applications open for 2016-2017 Brittain Fellowships


The job ad for Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowships in Composition, Technical Communication, and Digital Pedagogy has been posted at Vitae. To apply, please consult the following job ad: Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship in Composition, Technical Communication, and Digital Pedagogy The Writing and Communication Program at Georgia Tech seeks recent PhDs in rhetoric, composition, technical communication, literature, film, linguistics, visual rhetoric/design, and related humanities fields for the 2016-2017 Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship, renewable … Continue reading