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Geographies of Writing

Geographies of Writing

Inhabiting Places and Encountering Difference

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Nedra Reynolds


Paperback (Other formats: E-book)
224 pages, 6 x 9, 7 illustrations


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Twenty-first-century technological innovations have revolutionized the way we experience space, causing an increased sense of fragmentation, danger, and placelessness. In Geographies of Writing: Inhabiting Places and Encountering Difference, Nedra Reynolds addresses these problems in the context of higher education, arguing that theories of writing and rhetoric must engage the metaphorical implications of place without ignoring materiality.

Geographies of Writing makes three closely related contributions: one theoretical, to reimagine composing as spatial, material, and visual; one political, to understand the sociospatial construction of difference; and one pedagogical, to teach writing as a set of spatial practices. Aided by seven maps and illustrations that reinforce the book’s visual rhetoric, Geographies of Writing shows how composition tasks and electronic space function as conduits for navigating reality.


Nedra Reynolds is a professor of writing and rhetoric and the director of the College Writing Program at the University of Rhode Island. She is the author of Portfolio Keeping: A Guide for Students and Portfolio Teaching: A Guide for Instructors and a coeditor of TheBedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing, sixth edition.


“The scholarship is superb. It will bring into composition a new affiliated field and open new lines of inquiry. The field of rhetoric and composition had been waiting for what Reynolds would do next with geography, and Geographies of Writing is it.”—John Trimbur, editor of Popular Literacy: Studies in Cultural Practices and Poetics