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Toward a Composition Made Whole



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To many academics, composition still represents typewritten texts on 8.5" x 11" pages that follow rote argumentative guidelines. InToward a Composition Made Whole,Jody Shipka views composition as an act of communication that can be expressed through any number of media and as a path to meaning-making. Her study offers an in-depth examination of multimodality via the processes, values, structures, and semiotic practices people employ everyday to compose and communicate their thoughts. Shipka counters current associations that equate multimodality only with computer, digitized, or screen-mediated texts, which are often self-limiting. She stretches the boundaries of composition to include a hybridization of aural, visual, and written forms. Shipka analyzes the work of current scholars in multimodality and combines this with recent writing theory to create her own teaching framework. Among her methods, Shipka employs process-oriented reflection and a statement of goals and choices to prepare students to compose using various media in ways that spur their rhetorical and material awareness. They are encouraged to produce unusual text forms while also learning to understand the composition process as a whole. Shipka presents several case studies of students working in multimodal composition and explains the strategies, tools, and spaces they employ. She then offers methods to critically assess multimodal writing projects. Toward a Composition Made Wholechallenges theorists and compositionists to further investigate communication practices and broaden the scope of writing to include all composing methods. While Shipka views writing as crucial to discourse, she challenges us to always consider the various purposes that writing serves.

Author Biography

Jody Shipka is assistant professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Multimodality and Communicative Practicep. 1
Rethinking Composition/Rethinking Processp. 18
Partners in Action: On Mind, Materiality, and Mediationp. 39
A Framework for Action: Mediating Process Researchp. 57
Making Things Fit in (Any Number of) New Waysp. 83
Negotiating Rhetorical, Technological, and Methodological Differencep. 110
Conclusion: Realizing a Composition Made Wholep. 130
Appendix: Relevant Documentsp. 151
Referencesp. 161
Indexp. 175
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