Christine Hoffmann
Christine Hoffmann (PhD University of Arkansas, MFA Art Institute of Chicago) studies the shifting standards for credibility and utility that develop inside post-Gutenberg and post-digital rhetorical environments. Her scholarly work has been published in College Literature, the CEA Critic, PLL, the CEA Forum and, somewhat randomly, Slayage: the Online Journal of Buffy Studies. A few short stories can be found in Make magazine, Eclectica and Loose Change. She also blogs regularly on TECHStyle, the forum for digital pedagogy and research by the Georgia Tech Brittain Fellows. Christine looks forward to connecting the teaching of multimodal composition to her research into rhetorics of struggle, cultures of collecting, and the advantages of copious expression.

Go Make Yourself Un-useful

In a previous post, I reflected on the successes and failures of a project I assigned in my Spring 2012 course on copia, and assigned again with some minor changes this semester. Students spend the first month of the semester gathering an eclectic mix of material, organizing it into categories,… Continue reading

Amanda Golden Reviews Marsha Bryant’s Women’s Poetry and Popular Culture

Find first-year Brittain Fellow Amanda Golden’s review of Marsha Bryant’s Women’s Poetry and Popular Culture (Palgrave, 2011) in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. In her review, Golden observes that Marsha Bryant’s Women’s Poetry and Popular Culture is a vital contribution to women’s poetry studies and postwar poetry studies. Bryant begins by engaging the vexed, often pejorative,… Continue reading

Brittain Fellow Ratiu presents at MLA

First-year Brittain fellow Iuliu Ratiu recently presented a paper on a panel arranged by the Thoreau Society at the MLA Annual Convention in Boston, MA. The panel “Recovering Thoreau’s Topography” (http://www.mla.org/program_details?prog_id=329&year=2013) was organized by Rochelle Johnson (College of Idaho) and Kristen Case (University of Maine) and had contributions from Laura… Continue reading

Leah Haught Co-Authors Research Guide

First-year Brittain Fellow Leah Haught’s co-authored article (with Thomas Hahn, University of Rochester) “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”(SGGK) is now available online from Oxford Bibliographies in “British and Irish Literature.” Designed as a research guide for students and scholars alike, the article combines features of an annotated bibliography with… Continue reading

Who’s Chasing Whom? Utility, Metamorphosis & the Humanities

An article showed up on my facebook feed recently: “College Tuition Should Vary By Degree, Florida State Task Force Says.” The gist of it is this: “Tuition would be lower for students pursuing degrees most needed for Florida’s job market, including ones in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known… Continue reading

Are You Nobody, Too? Getting Dialogic in English 1101

In the first weeks of my 1101 course, The Allure of the Unreliable Utterance, I introduced my students to Socratic irony and to Bakhtin’s theory of dialogism. We watched snippets of The Colbert Report and The Daily Show—programs which rely on irony for their satirical humor—and we read Plato’s Symposium—a… Continue reading

Blake and Cooper publish multimodal textbook

Look out for MONSTERS, a new composition textbook co-edited by third-year Brittain fellow Brandy Blake and former assistant director of the Writing & Communication Program Andrew Cooper. The textbook is part of the Fountainhead Press V Series, each of which focuses on a single, specific topic and its relevance to… Continue reading

Katy Crowther Punks the Victorians

An article by former Brittain Fellow Katy Crowther, now an Assistant Professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College, is featured in the current issue of the Journal of Victorian Culture Online: Punking the Victorians, Punking Pedagogy: Steampunk and Creative Assignments in the Composition Classroom | Journal of Victorian Culture Online…. Continue reading