CFP: Using Pop Culture in the Writing Classroom (5/2/07; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Allison Smith
contact email: 

The editors of a new professional development book under contract with =
Thomson Wadsworth are soliciting essay submissions. Using Popular =
Culture in the Writing Classroom will consist of 15-20 essays that =
showcase effective pedagogical ideas on bringing pop culture into the =
writing classroom. The intended audience consists of graduate students =
and others who are teaching composition for the first time and want to =
find a place (a contact zone) where they first can meet their students =
and then help students make the journey through a composition class.


Each essay should be focused around a specific type of media or theme =
and provide examples of how new and experienced teachers can use popular =
culture to invigorate their teaching of writing. Essays should be =
pedagogical in nature; however, a familiarity of how using pop culture =
fits in with current composition models is expected. Essays that =
include examples of student writing and sample writing assignments that =
are geared towards specific types of pop culture are particularly =
encouraged. We hope to have at least half the essays focused on the =
experiences of new teachers (graduate assistants, high school teachers, =
or professors new to this pedagogy). =20


Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words.


Possible topics include using the following in the writing classroom:




online rhetoric

fan art or cultures


body art

groups, organizations, and associations

places and spaces

consumerism and consumption

film in various forms, including documentaries, mockumentaries, =

urban legends

mythic figures

American icons

music in various forms, including videos and digital

pop lit in various forms, including stand-up poetry, zines, genre lit, =
fan fiction

sports and leisure in various forms

TV in various forms, including reality shows, cult shows, cartoons, =
(mock) news, games shows, popular shows, serial shows


Queries can be submitted via email to Allison Smith at address below. =
For full consideration, essays should be submitted in either digital or =
print form by May 2, 2007 to:


Allison Smith

English Department

Middle Tennessee State University

PO Box 70

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

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