Rebekah Fitzsimmons
Rebekah Fitzsimmons is currently a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the Writing and Communication Program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She graduated with her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Florida in May 2015. Her research focus is in children’s literature and American culture. Her dissertation is titled, “The Chronicles of Professionalization: The Expert, the Child, and the Making of American Children’s Literature.” Her research interests include children’s literature, young adult literature, genre conventions, highbrow/lowbrow taste distinctions in American culture, best sellers, adaptation theory, histories of childhood, and utopian/dystopian literature and theory.

Teaching with Twitter: Social Media in the Composition Classroom

When I mention that I use Twitter in my first-year writing courses, I am often met with both intrigue and skepticism by students and faculty alike. If writing courses are supposed to be focused on nuanced thinking, careful research, and rhetorically sophisticated arguments, what can students possibly learn from writing… Continue reading