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Remixing Composition: A History of Multimodal Writing Pedagogy
Jason Palmeri’s Remixing Composition: A History of Multimodal Writing Pedagogy challenges the longheld notion that the study and practice of composition has historically focused on words alone. Palmeri revisits many of the classic texts of composition theory from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, closely examining how past compositionists responded to “new media.” He reveals t ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 19th 2012 by Southern Illinois University Press
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Jason Palmeri's book helps both the compositionist and the rhetorical theorist see the history of the writing classroom from a perspective outside our traditional histories. In the voice of an experienced and caring writing instructor, Palmeri shows how many compositionists have always seen writing as multimodal, and new technologies are not necessarily a new trend in the teaching of composition. In the process, he considers several major thinkers in the field, as well as some more obscure textb ...more
This is a crisply written, intriguing exploration of composition's little-known history of multimodal exploration in the pre-digital era (60s, 70s, early 80s), good, bad, and ugly. A good reminder of how our institutional memories become clouded over by official histories, and full of practical (and ethical) pedagogical advice for how we might implement assignments involving aural and visual production in the writing classroom.
Palmeri's book is effective at achieving two goals: he offers a useful view of the history of new media conversations in composition studies (introducing us readers to lesser known conversations and texts in the process) while also indicating how these ideas can impact digital composing practices in the classroom. Indeed, I was glad I read this book just before I began teaching a digital composing course at my university—he offers inventional activities and ideas that are easy to put into practi ...more
Jason Palmeri reminds us that the field of Composition has long harbored multimodal tendencies. He goes even further by analyzing how a number of early process, expressivist, and cognitive theorists began to think in multimodal terms between alphabetic and visual and speech modes. I only would have liked more examples of how rhetorical theories shape and can be shaped by going multimodal in a writing classroom. I already have a few ideas. I look forward to talking more with others about this imp ...more
This books tells a different story of the history of composition by showing how the argument about integrating multimodal composition into the classroom has been around since the beginning of composition as a discipline. Palmeri challenges the accepted narratives and adds abundantly to the field's understanding of our past. The book contains numerous teaching ideas and strategies for remixing composition and using multimodal and digital writing in our courses. It's a fabulous book, and I highly ...more
A terrific revision of the history of composition that shows how our field has always already been mulitmodal. Or to put this another way, writing teachers have been consistently concerned with the look and sound of texts, and with how words interact with images, video, and audio.