On this page you'll find student research and writing for hypermedia on the topics of social theory and rhetorics of social change, generally in connection with coursework for Marc Bousquet

One possible response to the electronic mediation of research writing is nonlinear form.
These essays from English 320 and 572 were researched like any other academic paper, but composed  in a format suitable for hypermedia:
Jack London's revolutionary novel, The Iron Heel and The Industrial Workers of the World   The Knights of Labor   Anarchism Elizabeth Gurley Flynn   Emiliano Zapata
Others on Gertrude Stein's Three Lives and The Emergence of Pschology  The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire    Suffragism, Oratory, and Feminist Activism
Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and The Dynamo and the Virgin
James Weldon Johnson's Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and African-American Social Thought    The Novels, Life and Politics of Richard Wright
Several on Frank Norris's McTeague and: Jacob Riis   Urban Planning and Social Darwinism
Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Sanitation and Prison Reform     The Industrialization of Nutrition    Jane Addams and Immigration
Walt Whitman and 19th century festival and pageant culture  Charles W. Chesnutt
The scholarship on this site belongs to my students. But much of the labor that made it possible was contributed by Kathryn Probst (IU Teaching & Learning Technologies Laboratory), Ken Hagan, (webmaster, U of L), and Dirk Griffin and all of the ITC-IQE staff at U of L: for their contributions, our warmest thanks.
University of Louisville
Department of English


The subcultures site originated with my research into 19th century sociability, part of an attempt to describe the ways that ordinary elocutionists enjoyed an everyday social agency by"practicing association."  19th-century associational life simultaneously supported enjoyment and a very direct politics of culture in ways that I think usefully address the present debates surrounding identity politics, the new social movements, and cultural materialism generally.

I've become particularly interested in understanding what the elecronic mediation of  research writing might mean for coursework not designated as "writing classes" per se.

We've spent a fair amount of time on the political and theoretical dimensions of hypermedia, and thinking through the unique opportunities of a pedagogy founded in helping students publish themselves to the world-wide web.

For us it seems clear that the 19th century research and the hypermedia work are related: ie, that computer-mediated communication is one way through which the ordinary elocutionists of today practice association, combining enjoyment with the invention of new solidarities, rhetorics and agencies.

URL: http://athena.louisville.edu/a-s/english/subcultures
One good way of seeing what we've been up to is to surf around a bit in the spaces linked to the informal index of projects for a course in social theory, a related course in the politics of information or the informal  index of writing instructors' teaching and learning essays for English 613, a hypermedia practicum through which hundreds of undergraduates became web authors in first year composition.
A quick sense of what it means to teach  writing for hypermedia in fyc can be grasped by looking at the pedagogy and courseweb of Amy England, the learning narrative, pedagogy, and courseweb of Susan Wright, and of Katherine Wills and the learning experience, pedagogy and courseweb of Monica Leubke.
Five years later, practicum participants and others, such as  Chris Carter, continue to feature student web authorship and multimodal composing in their writing classes.
With so many students becoming  web authors, one of the many issues that's come up is the question of an archive. This university prefers that students publish to the web from their personal accounts, so that the material is lost as students change enrollment status. The result is that various presentations and tours of the site degrade sub- stantially over time.
"In the past and up to the very present, it has been a characteristic precisely of the specifically American democracy that it did not constitute a formless sand heap of individuals, but rather a buzzing complex of strictly exclusive, yet voluntary associations." Max Weber,  "The Protestant Sects and the Spirit of Capitalism" (1906)