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Reprogrammable Rhetoric

Critical Making Theories and Methods in Rhetoric and Composition

edited by Michael J. Faris and Steve Holmes

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“Incredibly important for anyone in rhet/comp who does work on making.”
—Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Michigan State University

Reprogrammable Rhetoric offers new inroads for rhetoric and composition scholars’ past and present engagements with critical making. Moving beyond arguments of inclusion and justifications for scholarly legitimacy and past historicizations of the “material turn” in the field, this volume explores what these practices look like with both a theoretical and hands-on “how-to” approach. Chapters function not only as critical illustrations or arguments for the use of reprogrammable circuits but also as pedagogical instructions that enable readers to easily use or modify these compositions for their own ends.

This collection offers nuanced theoretical perspectives on material and cultural rhetorics alongside practical tutorials for students, researchers, and teachers to explore critical making across traditional areas such as wearable sensors, Arduinos, Twitter bots, multimodal pedagogy, Raspberry Pis, and paper circuitry, as well as underexplored areas like play, gaming, text mining, bots, and electronic monuments.

Designed to be taught in upper division undergraduate and graduate classrooms, these tutorials will benefit non-expert and expert critical makers alike. All contributed codes and scripts are also available on Utah State University Press’s companion website to encourage downloading, cloning, and repurposing.

Contributors: Aaron Beveridge, Kendall Gerdes, Kellie Gray, Matthew Halm, Steven Hammer, Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq, John Jones, M.Bawar Khan, Bree McGregor, Sean Morey, Ryan Omizo, Andrew Pilsch, David Rieder, David Sheridan, Wendi Sierra, Nicholas Van Horn

Supplemental design materials and programming scripts 

The Big Rhetorical Podcast


Michael J. Faris is associate professor in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric Program in the English department at Texas Tech University, where he coadministered the First-Year Writing Program (2018–2021). His work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Kairos, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and Composition Forum. He is coeditor of Soundwriting Pedagogies.

Steve Holmes is associate professor in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric Program at Texas Tech University, where he directs the BA in technical communication. He is the author of Procedural Habits: The Rhetoric of Videogames as Embodied Practice and coauthor of Rhetoric, Technology, and the Virtues.

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  • Paperback Price: $35.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-64642-257-9
  • Ebook Price: $29.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $15.00
  • EISBN: 978-1-64642-258-6
  • Publication Month: September
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Pages: 320
  • Illustrations: 57
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Michael J. Faris and Steve Holmes
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