Amplifying Soundwriting Pedagogies: Integrating Sound into Rhetoric and Writing

Edited by Michael J. Faris, Courtney S. Danforth, and Kyle D. Stedman
Copy edited by Tony Magialetti. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverWhile sonic rhetoric is still a growing subfield of writing studies, attention to pedagogy remains an underattended but increasingly important conversation. Amplifying Soundwriting Pedagogies addresses this gap by offering a broad range of assignments to support university instructors who seek to integrate the use of digital audio into their writing and rhetoric curricula. Each of the 25 chapters in this edited collection provides a written introduction to an adaptable soundwriting activity or sequence of assignments; a transcribed audio reflection from the instructor discussing the assignment’s purpose, strengths, and weaknesses; student-oriented documents such as assignment prompts, and rubrics) that readers can adapt in their own teaching; and examples of student work (audio with transcriptions) hosted on the book’s website.

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Front Matter

Foreword (and Backward), Steph Ceraso
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Introduction. Why We Teach Soundwriting, Michael J. Faris, Courtney S. Danforth, and Kyle D. Stedman
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Part One. Soundwriting Through Remix

Chapter 1. Mix It Up, Mash It Up: Arrangement, Audio Editing, and the Importance of Sonic Context, Logan Middleton
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Chapter 2. Experimentation, Integration, Play: Developing Digital Voice Through Audio Storytelling, Crystal VanKooten
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Chapter 3. Elements of Sound: Three Scaffolded Assignments, Sara Wilder, featuring the Work of Averi Ager, D’Arcee Neal, and Dorian Blue
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Chapter 4. The Sonic Collage Assignment: Aesthetics, Affect, and Critique in Audio Sampling, Ben Harley
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Chapter 5. Disabling Soundwriting: Sonic Rhetorics Meet Disability Pedagogy, Chad Iwertz Duffy
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Chapter 6. SoundPlay: A Sonic Experience of Digital Loose Parts, Scott Lunsford
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Chapter 7. Electrate Anti-Definition Sound Collage and Transduction, Thomas M. Geary
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Part Two. Soundwriting with Music

Chapter 8. Cultivating Signal, Noise, and Feeling: Songwriting Practices in Digital Rhetoric Courses, Rich Shivener
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Chapter 9. “How Eve Saved My Soul”: Sonic Lineage as the Prequel to the Playlist Project, Todd Craig
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Chapter 10. Sampling Sound, Text, and Praxis: Student and Teacher as Producer in a (Somewhat) Open-Source Course, Justin Young
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Chapter 11. Audio Engineering and Soundwriting in an Interdisciplinary Course, Doyuen Ko and Joel Overall
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Chapter 12. The Resonance Is the Composer: Students Soundwriting Together, Trey Conner, Emma Hamilton, Amber Nicol, Chris Burton, Kathleen Olinger, Alyssa Harmon, and Ivan Jones
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Chapter 13. The Sound of Type: Multimodal Aesthetics, Helen J. Burgess and Travis Harrington
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Part Three. Soundwriting with Primary Research

Chapter 14. From Cylinders to WordPress: Using Digital Sound Archives for Short-Form Radio Programs, Jason Luther
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Chapter 15. Toward a Feminist Sonic Pedagogy: Research as Listening, Brandee Easter and Meg M. Marquardt
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Chapter 16. From Postcards to PSAs: Activist Soundwriting, Timothy R. Amidon
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Chapter 17. Research Remix: Soundwriting Studies of the English Language, Jennifer J. Buckner with Benjamin Flournoy, Katie Furr, Sarah Johnson, Katie Lewis, Angela Meade, Hannah Ray, Garrett Simpson, Kate Vriesema, and Ally Ward
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Chapter 18. If These Walls Had Ears: Applying Sound Rhetorics Through Audio Tours, Lance Cummings, Hannah Lane Kendrick, and Devon Peterson
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Chapter 19. Engaging and Amplifying Community Voices: An Interview Assignment Sequence, L. Jill Lamberton
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Chapter 20. The Sound(s) of Sustainable Stewardship: Composing Audio Essays with the JHFE, Janice W. Fernheimer, featuring Madison Cissell, Hannah Thompson, Hannah Newberry, and Laura Will
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Chapter 21. Producing Community Audio Tours, Mariana Grohowski
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Part Four. Writing with Stories

Chapter 22. Place-Based Podcasting: From Orality to Electracy in Norfolk, Virginia, Daniel P. Richards
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Chapter 23. YA On the Air: A Scaffolded Podcast Assignment on YA Literature, Jasmine Lee and Jennifer Geraci
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Chapter 24. Let’s Get Technical: Scaffolding Form, Content, and Assessment of Audio Projects, Jennifer Ware and Ashley Hall
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Chapter 25. Speech, Invention, and Reflection: The Composing Process of Soundwriting, Tanya K. Rodrigue
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About the Editors

Michael J. Faris is Associate Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric in the English department at Texas Tech University. His research areas are in digital literacies and rhetorics, queer rhetorics, and writing program administration. His work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Composition Forum, Peitho, and WPA: Writing Program Administration.

Courtney S. Danforth (she/her) teaches courses in writing and humanities, including first-year composition, creative nonfiction, poetry, and ancient literature, among other areas.

Kyle D. Stedman (he/him) is Associate Professor of English at Rockford University, where he teaches composition, rhetoric, and creative writing courses. His sonic and written work has been published in the journals Technoculture, Composition Forum, Harlot, Memoir Magazine, and Computers and Composition, as well as several edited collections. His podcasts are Plugs, Play, Pedagogy and the audio version of Bad Ideas about Writing (edited by Cheryl E. Ball and Drew M. Loewe, West Virginia University Libraries, 2017). He also co-authored the textbook Soundwriting: A Guide to Making Audio Projects with Tanya K. Rodrigue (Broadview Press, 2023).

Publication Information: Faris, Michael J., Courtney S. Danforth, & Kyle D. Stedman (Eds.). (2022). Amplifying Soundwriting Pedagogies: Integrating Sound into Rhetoric and Writing. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.

Digital Publication Date: November 22, 2022
Print Publication Date: July 2023

ISBN: 978-1-64215-168-8 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-169-5 (ePub) | 978-1-64642-392-7 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1688

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Series Editors: Aimee McClure, Clarke University; Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University; Aleashia Walton, University of Cincinnati
Associate Editor: Jagadish Paudel, University of Texas at El Paso

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