Tending to Archives and a Summer Reading List

Tending to Archives:


The question of curating, (at)tending to, and constructing an archive also asks how knowledge is (co)created, valued, and arranged. Popova (2015) reminds that “[w]e tend to treat our knowledge as personal property to be protected and defended. It is an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.” This makes knowledge political and material in how an archive is produced. Clary-Lemon (2014) offers materialist archival processes; to define material, she writes, “By material, I mean the connection to the “real” (Blair 16), or as Barbara Dickson has it, “the signification of material things and corporeal entities” like bodies, texts, substance, and site” (382). By discussing materiality in terms of archival methods, she argues, one can examine how meaning is accrued through the curation of objects. One of the key critiques of how archival research has been talked about is the relationship to meaning and objects when she writes, “The separation of objects from ideas by the notion that ‘objects mediate knowledge’ has a long history in Western thought, and as researchers we often do not disrupt this assumption, looking instead to explicitly mine that mediation in our archival glimpses” (384).

In tending to this repository, I’ve continually grappled with how we could invent new ways of creating, being, and becoming in the design and continuation of this webspace. After all, Derrida (1998) writes that the “structure of the archiving archive also determines the structure of the archivable content even in its very coming into existence and in its relationship to the future. The archivization produces as much as it records the event” (17). Derrida writes later that the archive “produces more archive, and that is why the archive is never closed. It opens out of the future” (68). My intent is to make this an archive of play; one that encounters pasts and imagines futures. A teleological golden snitch that opens at the close, an inhabiting of khôra. A blogged archive that gives place a prior and conjecture (Derrida, 1995). A willful archive in which the parts may not producing the whole, where parts can be followed, traced, invent new trajectories, and create excesses of archival experiences (Ahmed, 2014).

Having wrapped up my first year of grad school at Eastern Michigan, this blog has become a sustained habit for me—one that serves as a repository for notes, making public my explorations and reflections, as well as one that sustains my inquiry. It makes followable and returnable, it makes interactive and exploratory, it produces and mediates texts and contexts for writing, reading, thinking, and knowing. I hope to continue this habit critically and conscientiously, becoming aware of the texts that are included and the futures it imagines as well as those that are not included. I hope this is a repository that invents, sustains, “and makes an attempt not to treat his knowledge as a treasure, or even a possession, or even a self-esteem enhancement device —” (Popova, 2015).


Ahmed, Sara (2014). Willful Subjects. Durham: Duke University Press.

Clery-Lemon, Jennifer (2014). “Archival Research Processes: A Case for Material Methods,” Rhetoric Review 33.4, 381-402.

Derrida, Jacques (1998). Archive Fever. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Derrida, Jacques (1995). On the Name. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Popova, Maria (2015). “Umberto Eco’s Antilibrary: Why Unread Books are More Valuable to Our Lives than Read Ones.” BrainPickings.

Reading List:

Journal Articles:

Alexander, Jonathan, and William P. Banks. “Sexualities, Technologies, and the Teaching of Writing: A Critical Overview.” Sexualities, Technologies, and the Teaching of Writing. Spec. issue of Computers and Composition 21.3 (2004): 273-293.

Alexander, Jonathan, Janell Haynes, and Jacqueline Rhodes, eds. Public/Sex: Connecting Sexuality and Service Learning. Spec. issue of Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service-Learning 9.2 (2010).

Alexander, Jonathan, and Jacqueline Rhodes. “Queer: An Impossible Subject for Composition.” JAC 31.1–2 (2011): 177–206.

Banks, William P. “The Values of Queer Jacketing: What Happens When Student Writers Go Gay?” MEAT Journal 1.2 (Winter 2005–06).

Banks, William P. “Written Through the Body: Disruptions and ‘Personal’ Writing.”The Personal in Academic Writing. Spec. issue of College English 66.1 (2003): 21-40.

Banks, William P., and Jonathan Alexander. “Queer Eye for the Comp Program: Toward a Queer Critique of WPA Work.” The Writing Program Interrupted: Making Space for Critical Discourse. Eds. Donna Strickland and Jeanne Gunner. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 2009. 86-98.

Barradell, S. (2013). The identification of threshold concepts: a review of theoretical complexities and methodological challenges. Higher Education, 65(2): 265-276.

Bennett, Jeffrey. “‘Born This Way’: Queer Vernacular and the Politics of Origins.”Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 11.3 (2014): 211-230.

Bianco, Jamie. “Composing and Compositing: Integrated Digital Writing and Academic Pedagogy” Fibreculture 10 (2007).

Carr, Allison. “In Support of Failure.” Composition Forum 27 (2013).

Curtis, M. & Herrington, A. “Writing Development in the College Years: By Whose Definition?” CCC 55 (2003): 69-90.

Dean, Tim. “Bodies that Mutter: Rhetoric and Sexuality.” Pre/Text: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory 15.1-2 (1994): 80-117.

Fox, Catherine. “Reprosexuality, Queer Desire, and Critical Pedagogy: A Response to Hyoejin Yoon.” JAC 26.1-2 (2006): 244-53.

Fox, Catherine Olive-Marie. “Toward a Queerly Classed Analysis of Shame: Attunement to Bodies in English Studies.” College English 76.4 (2014): 337-56.

Goltz, Dustin Bradley. “It Gets Better: Queer Futures, Critical Frustrations, and Radical Potentials.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 30.2 (2013): 135-151.

Gray, Mary L. “‘Queer Nation is Dead/Long Live Queer Nation’: The Politics and Poetics of Social Movement and Media Representation.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 26.3 (2009): 212-236.

Hall, Donald E. “Cluelessness and the Queer Classroom.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 7.2 (2007): 182-91.

Highberg, Nels P. “‘Because We Were Just Too Scared’: Rhetorical Constructions of Patient Zero.” Medical Humanities Review 18.1-2 (2004): 9-26. Print.

Houle, Brian R., Alex P. Kimball, and Heidi A. McKee. “‘Boy? You decide; Girl? You Decide’: Multimodal Web Composition and a Mythography of Identity.” Computers and Composition Online (Fall 2004).

Jordan, Jay. “Rereading the Multicultural Reader: Cross-Cultural Composition Readers and the Reconstruction of Cultural Identities.” College English 68.2 (November 2005).

Kopelson, Karen. “Queering the Writing Program: Why Now? How? And Other Contentious Questions.” Writing Program Administration 37.1 (2013): 199-213.

Landau, Jamie. “Reproducing and Transgressing Masculinity: A Rhetorical Analysis of Women Interacting with Digital Photographs of Thomas Beatie.” Women’s Studies in Communication 35.2 (2012): 178-203.

Libretti, Tim. “Sexual Outlaws and Class Struggle: Rethinking History and Class Consciousness from a Queer Perspective.” College English 67.2 (2004): 154-171.

Matsuda, Paul Kei. “Embracing Linguistic Diversity in the Intellectual Work of WPAs.” WPA 31.1-2 (2009): 168-71.

Mitchell, Danielle. “I Thought Composition Was about Commas and Quotes, Not Queers: Diversity and Campus Change at a Rural Two-Year College.” Composition Studies 36.2 (2008): 23-50.

Monson, Connie and Jacqueline Rhodes. “Risking Queer: Pedagogy, Performativity, and Desire in the Writing Classroom.” JAC 24.1 (2004): 79-92.

Morrison, Margaret. “Laughing with Queers in My Eyes: Proposing ‘Queer Rhetoric(s)’ and Introducing a Queer Issue.” Queer Rhetoric. Spec. issue of Pre/Text: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory 13.3-4 (1992): 11-36.

O’Donnell, R. (2010). A critique of the threshold concept hypothesis and its application to opportunity cost in economics.(Working Paper No. 164). http://www.finance.uts.edu.au/research/wpapers/wp164.html

Ramsby, Fiona Harris. “The Drama as Rhetorical Critique: Language, Bodies, and Power in Angels in America.” Rhetoric Review 33.4 (2014): 403-420.

Rand, Erin J. “Queer Critical Rhetoric Bites Back.” Spec. issue of Western Journal of Communication 77.5 (2013): 533-7.

Rawson, K. J. “Transgender Worldmaking in Cyberspace: Historical Activism on the Internet.” QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking 1.2 (2014): 38-60.

Rawson, K. J. “Rhetorical History 2.0: Toward a Digital Transgender Archive.”Enculturation 16 (2013).

Rawson, K. J. “Accessing Transgender // Desiring Queer(er?) Archival Logics.”Archivaria68 (2009): 123-140.

Selfe, Cynthia L. “The Movement of Air, the Breath of Meaning: Aurality and Multimodal Composing.” CCC 60.4 (2009): 616-63.

Sewell, John Ike. “‘Becoming Rather Than Being’: Queer’s Double-Edged Discourse as Deconstructive Practice.” Journal of Communication Inquiry 38.4 (2014): 291-307.

Shipka, Jody. “A Multimodal Task-based Framework for Composing.” CCC 57.2 (2005): 277-306.

Smith, J. “Students’ goals, Gatekeeping, and Some Questions of Ethics.” CCC 48 (1997):299-320.

Smith, Lauren. “Staging the Self: Queer Theory in the Composition Classroom.” In Calvin Thomas (ed.) Straight with a Twist: Queer Theory and the Subject of Heterosexuality. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000. 68-85.

Spade, Dean, and Craig Wilse. “Sex, Gender, and War in an Age of Multicultural Imperialism.” QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Wordmaking 1.1 (2014): 5-29.

Wallace, David L., and Jonathan Alexander. “Queer Rhetorical Agency: Questioning Narratives of Heteronormativity.” JAC 29.4 (2009): 793-819.

West, Isaac. “Queer Generosities.” Spec. issue of Western Journal of Communication 77.5 (2013): 538-41.

West, Isaac, Michaela Frischherz, Allison Panther, and Richard Brophy. “Queer Worldmaking in the ‘It Gets Better’ Campaign.” QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. 0.1 (2013): 49-86.

Wight, Jules. “Saving Private Manning? On Erasure and the Queer in I Am Bradley Manning Campaign.” QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking 1.1 (2014): 118-129.

Young, Anna M., Andria Battaglia, and Dana L. Cloud. “(UN)Disciplining the Scholar Activist: Policing the Boundaries of Political Engagement.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 96.4 (2010): 427-35.

Book Chapters and Edited Collections:

Alexander, Jonathan, and Elizabeth Losh. “‘A YouTube of One’s Own?’: ‘Coming Out’ Videos as Rhetorical Action.” LGBT Identity and New Online Media. Eds. Christopher Pullen and Margaret Cooper. New York: Routledge, 2010. 37-50.

Andrews, John. (2001). Meaning, knowledge, and power in the map philosophy of JB Harley. In Paul Laxton (Ed.), The new nature of maps: Essays in the history of cartography (pp. 1–32). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Hesse, Doug. 2012. “Who Speaks for Writing? Expertise, Ownership, and Stewardship.” In Who Speaks for Writing: Stewardship for Writing Studies in the 21st Century, edited by Jennifer Rish and Ethna D. Lay, 9-22. New York: Peter Lang.

Morris, Charles E., III, and K. J. Rawson. “Queer Archives/Archival Queers.”Theorizing Histories of Rhetoric. Ed. Michelle Ballif. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2013. 74-89.

Neary, Mike and Joss Winn. “Student as Producer: Reinventing the Student Experience in Higher Education.” The Future of Higher Education: Policy, Pedagogy and the Student Experience. London: Continuum, 2009.

Ouellette, Marc. “Come Out Playing: Computer Games and the Discursive Practices of Gender, Sex, and Sexuality.” Computer Games and Technical Communication: Critical Methods and Applications at the Intersection. Eds. Jennifer deWinter and Ryan M. Moeller. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014. 35-51. Print.

Prior, Paul, & Shipka, Jody. “Chronotopic lamination: Tracing the contours of literate activity.” In Charles Bazerman, & David Russell (Eds.), Writing selves/Writing societies: Research from activity perspectives. Fort Collins, CO: WAC Clearinghouse and Mind, Culture, and Activity, 2003.

Rhodes, Jacqueline, and Jonathan Alexander. “Experience, Embodiment, Excess: Multimedia [E]visceration and Installation Rhetoric.” The New Work of Composing. Eds. Deborah Journet, Cheryl Ball, and Ryan Trauman. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital P / Utah State UP. 2012. Web.http://ccdigitalpress.org/nwc/chapters/rhodes-alexander/home.html


Banks, Adam J. Race, Rhetoric, and Technology: Searching for Higher Ground. Mahwah, NJ: Earlbaum, 2006.

Bell, David and Jon Binnie. The Sexual Citizen: Queer Politics and Beyond. Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2000.

Goncalves, Zan Meyer. Sexuality and the Politics of Ethos in the Writing Classroom. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005.

Gould, Stephen J. The Mismeasure of Man. New York: E.W. Norton, 1981.

Hanson, F. Allan. Testing Testing: Social Consequences of the Examined Life. Berkley: University of California Press, 1993.

Haggerty, G. C. & Zimmerman, B. Profession of Desire: Lesbian and Gay Studies in Literature. NY: MLA (1995).

Moretti, Franco. Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History. London: Verso, 2005. Print.

Plummer, Ken. Intimate Citizenship: Private Decisions for Public Dialogues. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2003.

Prosser, Jay. Second Skins: Body Narratives of Transsexuality. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.

Rubin, Henry. Self-Made Men: Identity and Embodiment among Transsexual Men.Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2003.

Sloop, John M. Disciplining Gender: Rhetorics of Sex Identity in Contemporary US Culture. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 2004. Print.

Spurlin W. (Ed.) Lesbian and Gay Studies and the Teaching of English. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2000.

Turner, William B. A Genealogy of Queer Theory. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2000.

Wallace, David L. Compelled to Write: Alternative Rhetoric in Theory and Practice. Logan: Utah State UP, 2011. Print.

Yancey, Kathleen Blake, & Huot, Brian (Eds.). Assessing writing across the curriculum: Diverse approaches and practices. Greenwich, CT: Ablex, 1997.

Yep, Gust A., Karen E. Lovaas, and John P. Elia, eds. Queer Theory and Communication: From Disciplining Queers to Queering the Discipline(s). Binghamton, NY: Haworth, 2003.

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