CFP: Composition/Rhetoric: Tales of Email (4/19/04; e-journal)

full name / name of organization: 
Eve Wiederhold
contact email: 
e_wieder@uncg.edu

Call for Papers: Tales of Email

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The editors at Lore: An E-Journal for Teachers of Writing seek 500-1200 =
word essays that explore what, if any, linguistic conventions govern how =
we communicate via email. We welcome responses that address any notable =
aspect of on-line communication, and offer the featured topics, below, =
as suggestions:=20

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1. Reflections on protocols of style expected to be used when writing to =
someone unknown. Are there formalities? Must one spell accurately and =
check grammar? Must the writer offer a salutation? A "regards"? Are =
writers expected to have more "personality" than formality when crafting =
emails? Is brevity expected? Potentially regarded as impolite? Do you =
feel more comfortable making requests (of any kind) over email than over =
the phone?=20

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2. How has teacher-student communication changed with the advent of =
email? Is your "teacherly" persona available online? Do you =
resent/welcome the opportunity to answer on-line questions from =
students? Does email encourage you to be more casual with them? Have =
you found that it encourages students to address you in ways that make =
you uncomfortable-for example, have students written aggressive messages =
that you doubt they would say to your person? Has email made your =
classroom space more dynamic? Have emoticons and acronyms spilled over =
into the RL (aka "real life") space of your classroom? =20

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3. Testimonials of embarrassment and shame. ( Homage here to Comp =
Tales.) Have you sent emails and then regretted the language you used? =
Have your messages been misunderstood? Did you ever experience the =
cringe-inducing horror after hitting "send" and then realizing that your =
rant was disseminated to unintended recipients? (We will keep names =
anonymous if so desired.)=20

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Deadline: April 19, 2004. Responses will appear in the Digressions =
section of the Summer, 2004 issue of Lore =
(www.bedford/stmartin.com/lore). Please send word attachments (arial =
font, 10 point) to:=20

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Eve Wiederhold, Executive Editor, Lore

Assistant Professor of English

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

e_wieder_at_uncg.edu

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