Academic journal article College Composition and Communication

From the Editor

Academic journal article College Composition and Communication

From the Editor

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Greetings, fellow compositionists. This issue of College Composition and Communication takes up the notion of the "personal" in a variety of ways. First explored in our field by the expressivists, politically recuperated by proponents of the social turn, and rearticulated by theorists of network complexity, the "personal" has proved a mobile, if at times vexing, concept for writing studies. We are often motivated by personal concerns to compose, but even in the act of writing we encounter challenging differences -both differences in addressing diverse audiences and publics as well as the differences within, the layers of identification that form subjectivity. And increasingly, with our senses of self spread over multiple platforms of communication, our understanding of who is writing, not to mention how and what one writes, seems all the more circuitous, complicated, and multiple. Scholars in this issue address this multiplicity from several angles.

Eli Goldblatt reminds us in "Don't Call It Expressivism: Legacies of a 'Tacit Tradition,'" that the personal as conceived and explored by the expressivists has lefta lasting impact on the field-and one that we overlook to the detriment of our understanding of what motivates people to write. Turning more particularly to questions of identity and focusing on the work of Indigenous scholars, Katja Thieme and Shurli Makmillen argue in "A Principled Uncertainty: Writing Studies Methods in Contexts of Indigeneity" for paying closer attention to how research methods are themselves interpolated within social relations. The authors push us to understand our epistemologies as deeply embedded in social, cultural, political-and often personal-contexts. …

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