Beyond Postprocess

Beyond Postprocess

Beyond Postprocess

Beyond Postprocess

Excerpt

These essays help us to reimagine the act of writing and, in so doing,
they help us rethink our past and create a new future for composition
studies.

Thomas Kent, Post-Process Theory

When first published over a decade ago, Thomas Kent’s Post-Process Theory: Beyond the Writing-Process Paradigm participated in a transitional moment in composition scholarship. Before Kent’s collection (and his previously published articles on the subject) began to galvanize the postprocess movement, it was difficult to describe writing practices and theories that departed from the process movement in strictly positive terms. Rather, the long dominion of the process paradigm required the identification and critique of its untenable assumptions. This identification was the chief preoccupation of that first collection, and it has enabled other projects—including this one—to point toward new forms of invention/ intervention not defined in opposition to a particular paradigm. As we envision it, Beyond Postprocess attempts to understand the consequences of the theoretical opening brought about by the postprocess movement and describe ways in which postprocess can be productively negotiated.

To accomplish this, Beyond Postprocess brings together thirteen original essays by some of the most prominent and promising authors studying writing today. The essays are organized into four parts, giving structure to the overall mission of the collection. Just as Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari once described concept creation in philosophy, postprocess theory is to be understood as a project and not a gift. Along those lines, this introduction and Kent’s opening essay consider the foundational principles of postprocess theory in light of contemporary . . .

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