Cruel Auteurism: Affective Digital Mediations toward Film-Composition

  • composition, Pedagogy, rhetorical theory, ethnography, digital landscape

By Bonnie Lenore Kyburz
Copy edited by Don Donahue. Cover design by Than Saffel. Book design by Mike Palmquist.

Coverbonnie lenore kyburz' reflective and deeply felt sense of (her) place in Composition creates room to consider some of the rhetorical dimensions and pedagogical implications of film work in writing classrooms and as digital scholarship. Invoking affect theorist Lauren Berlant's concept of "cruel optimism" to articulate the findings of her archival, analytical, and experiential methods, Cruel Auteurism describes a cultural shift within the discipline, from the primacy of print-based arguments, through an evolving desire to generate cinematic rhetorics, toward increasingly visible forms of textual practice currently shaping composition classrooms and digital scholarship.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter



Chapter 1. Hope

Chapter 2. Fear

Chapter 3. Desire (I)

Chapter 4. Desire (II)

Chapter 5. Pleasure



About the Author

bonnie lenore kyburz teaches writing and rhetoric at Northern Illinois University. She works to support creative vision and attempts to compose reflective, rhetorically timely texts via digital filmmaking, installations, multimodal composing, and print. She makes short digital films, documentaries and experimental pieces that hope to resonate as entertaining, provocative arguments for evolving scholarly scenes. kyburz values metacognitive work that announces its emergence from an artist's immersive process. Her work appears in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Enculturation: A Journal of Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture, Composition Studies, College English, and other NCTE publications.


Review by Ben Wetherbee, in Enculturation May 2020

Publication Information: Kyburz, Bonnie Lenore. (2019). Cruel Auteurism: Affective Digital Mediations toward Film-Composition. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.

Online Publication Date: January 15, 2019
Print Publication Date: September 2019

ISBN: 978-1-64215-002-5 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-018-6 (ePub) | 978-1-60732-918-3 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/WRI-B.2019.0025

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