Postprocess Postmortem

  • history of writing, digital research, writing studies, Culture, Technology

By Kristopher M. Lotier
Copy edited by Don Donahue. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverIn Postprocess Postmortem, Kristopher M. Lotier surveys the postprocess era-that-never-was, its end, and its after-lives. Employing cutting-edge digital research tools to track the circulation of texts and shifting scales from the global to the local and back again, he offers a revisionist history of a largely unchronicled past. From one perspective, the history of postprocess might seem to be a history of failure: what could have become The Next Big Thing in composition and writing studies during the 1990s and early 2000s never quite ascended. Today, few writing studies scholars apply the term postprocess to their own research or self-identify with a postprocess movement. And yet, as Lotier demonstrates, numerous core postprocess tenets have attained disciplinary centrality. The result: whether they admit to doing so or not, many contemporary scholars employ a postprocess vocabulary, allowing the ideas underlying this important movement/theory/period/attitude to live on.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter


Chapter 1. An Introduction (after the Date of Expiration)

Chapter 2. The Vocabulary of Postprocess; Postprocess as Vocabulary

Chapter 3. When Everyone Was Writing about Reading (and Writing)

Chapter 4. Oh, Canada: The Birth of Postprocess North of the Border

Chapter 5. Postcomposition: Before and After Postprocess

Chapter 6. Around 1986: The Externalization of Cognition and the Emergence of Postprocess Invention

Chapter 7. Leaving Matters Open at the Close

Works Cited


About the Author

Kristopher M. Lotier is Assistant Professor of writing studies and rhetoric at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he teaches courses on professional communication, rhetorical theory, digital culture, and first-year writing. He has published work in College Composition and Communication, Pedagogy, and Enculturation. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Penn State and bachelor's degrees in English and Marketing from the University of South Carolina. A fourteenth-generation Pennsylvanian, he currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Publication Information: Lotier, Kristopher M. (2021). Postprocess Postmortem. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.

Web Publication Date: April 15, 2021
Print Publication Date: October 2021

ISBN: 978-1-64215-126-8 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-127-5 (ePub) | 978-1-64642-223-4 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/PER-B.2021.1268

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Series Editors: Rich Rice, Texas Tech University; Heather MacNeill Falconer, Curry College; and J. Michael Rifenburg, University of North Georgia

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