4Cs Panel: The Affective Turn in Composition

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Julie Nelson / UW-Milwaukee
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The affective turn in the humanities continues to reverberate in the field of rhetoric and composition. Like the linguistic and cultural turns before it, the affective turn gives rise to new kinds of scholarship, namely studies of emotion, affect, the body, performance, animal ethics, etc. While this turn has spurred several waves of scholarship on emotion and affect in composition, it often remains on the periphery of our field. Though many scholars have argued that affect/emotion give us a new framework or approach to the field, there have been few comprehensive studies of how theories of affect/emotion have been invoked thus far and how they remain to be invoked. This panel will explore the impact of the affective turn in composition—or, as some have called it, the rise in study of nonrational rhetorics.

If you are interested in joining this panel, please send a 250-word abstract of your paper ASAP but no later than April 30.

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