This article describes the rationale, development, and implementation of a digital archival curriculum within the first-year composition program at Oklahoma State University. Such a curriculum helps students engage genuine inquiry to discover arguments rather than defend their existing beliefs. Analytic complexity and hidden information are offered as potential sources of uncertainty.
The Possibilities of Uncertainty: Digital Archives as Cunning Texts in a First-Year Composition Curriculum
Joshua Daniel-Wariya is assistant professor of rhetoric and writing studies at Oklahoma State University, where he also serves as the associate director of composition and teaches a variety of courses in rhetorical theory and game studies. His work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Computers and Composition, Games and Culture, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and elsewhere.
Lynn C. Lewis is associate professor and director of the Rhetoric and Writing Studies program in the English department at Oklahoma State University and director of first-year composition. She is the editor of Strategic Discourse: The Politics of (New) Literacy Crises (2015), and her publications have appeared in JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture and Politics and Academe. Essay-length book chapters on memes, embodiment and neoliberalism, and the violences of administrative work, some coauthored with Joshua Daniel-Wariya, are published or in press. Her current scholarly projects include a monograph on temporality, speed, and writing, as well as essays on dissent and decorum. She is also working on a murder mystery series set in academia.
Joshua Daniel-Wariya, Lynn C. Lewis; The Possibilities of Uncertainty: Digital Archives as Cunning Texts in a First-Year Composition Curriculum. Pedagogy 1 January 2020; 20 (1): 141–148. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-7879138
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