Academic journal article College Composition and Communication

From the Editor

Academic journal article College Composition and Communication

From the Editor

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Colleagues: I am pleased to present to you the December 2016 issue of College Composition and Communication. As usual for the December issue, this one features the CCCC 2016 Chairs Address and Report, as well as the Secretary's Report, in addition to a spate of impressive research articles from the field.

We begin with Chris Gallagher's "What Writers Do: Behaviors, Behaviorism, and Writing Studies," which offers an important accounting of our field's historical engagement, consciously and not, with behaviorism. Gallagher deftly articulates how we might generatively understand writing as a complex "behavior" without reducing it to a set of "verifiable" traits. The complexity of writing as a behavior finds interesting resonance with Jeffrey A. Bacha's "The Physical Mundane as Topos: Walking/Dwelling/Using as Rhetorical Invention," in which Bacha turns our attention to the campuses and actual structures that often surround acts of writing. His ecologically rich approach extends our sense of writing as a rhetorical and situated behavior. In a further twist, Jennifer Lin LeMesurier, in "Mobile Bodies: Triggering Bodily Uptake through Movement," invites us to understand how learning to compose in new genres is not just adopting a new behavior but embracing affective and embodied shifts in how and what we know. As she succinctly puts it, "Teaching new genres is not merely a matter of cognitively processing differences in layout or appropriate sentence length. …

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