I'm taking a break from reading The Great Gatsby for the course I am TAing for this semester (that's for you, Dorothea!), so here is a brief intro. for those of you I haven't met yet. I am working on a double degree - a MA in LIS and a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric (part of the English Department). I think that at SLIS I am somewhere towards the end of the first year, and I am just starting my third year in Comp/Rhet. This might qualify as an act of academic masochism - I haven't completely decided yet.
As for my interests, I am interested in the ways in which rhetoric is employed by groups and individuals involved with the production of information, in who has (to borrow from Bordieu) "linguistic capital," in the structures of power.
As a compositionist, I am also interested in how information or writing is constructed/presented online. How do we read and write in this medium? How do we construct arguments in this medium? Etc.
I'm also interested in the ways in which literacies function in these work environments. In particular, I am interested in exploring how certain literacies are valued or devalued.
Well, I need to return to Gatsby. I will see everyone Sept. 13.