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

Flash Readings Episode 2: “Read as Believers”


The second episode of Flash Readings by the Brittain Fellows is “Read as Believers,” featuring Lauren Neefe’s interview with Caitlin Kelly, who specializes in the literature and culture of the “very long eighteenth century.” As part of a larger project that recasts the rise of the novel from Daniel Defoe to Jane Austen’s contemporary Mary Brunton, Kelly examines the role of private devotion in Samuel Richardson’s landmark epistolary novel Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded (1740). Of particular … Continue reading

Attaining the Text?: Teaching Annotated Video Essays in the Multimodal Classroom


Writing in 1975, the French film theorist Raymond Bellour characterized film analysis as a writing activity “carr[ied] out in fear and trembling, threatened continually with dispossession of the object” (19). Much of this owed to the technological limitations that then made it all but impossible for critics and scholars (save the select few with access to analyzer projectors) to possess films, and thus impossible to view and review them, to rewind to recall a forgotten detail or … Continue reading

“There is No Delight and No Mathematics”: Teaching the Multimodal Avant-garde

A portion of Jenny Holzer's "Inflammatory Essays." Photograph by Damian Entwhistle, via a Creative Commons license. Original image available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/damiavos/12686078413/in/photolist-5QJvSR-5QJw46-5QJwg2-awweZz-awwgHP-awwgL6-awzbdu-awwnbB-wjXnUS-wk5voM-kk2t8T-kk1DjP-kk2o68-kk1Ev6-kk1yfk-kk2etP-5MEnh8-kk1BXF-kk1AWc-kk47Tb-kk2h1H.

Before coming to Georgia Tech, my approach to teaching writing and communication through fictional work could be summed up like this: students will learn how to analyze novels and short stories and then write arguments explaining their analysis. They will support those arguments by close reading passages and quoting academic articles they find on JSTOR or Project MUSE. Sound familiar? This semester, I tried a different approach in my English 1102 class, “What is an … Continue reading

Becoming a Guide to Knowledge: The World of Academic Librarianship


In a previous article, I described practical but also subjective reasons I switched from the traditional professor route to the library field. I also pointed out facts and figures related to job placement rates for tenure-track positions and alternatives to academic careers. I don’t quite fit the mold of leaving academia, as I am now employed at a major research institution, nor do I offer my journey as a prescription for others, but I do … Continue reading

Redesigning TECHStyle for 2015-2016


Welcome to a new year of TECHStyle. In 2015-2016, the TECHStyle committee is looking forward to bringing together an exciting lineup of posts from Brittain Fellows past and present. This year we will be coordinating a series of themed clusters that reflect the range of teaching we do at Georgia Tech and that promise to contribute to larger conversations in multimodal pedagogy, digital pedagogy, and the digital humanities. Our first themed cluster, “Designing Multimodal Assignments,” co-edited by Eric Rettberg … Continue reading