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Abducting Writing Studies
edited by Sidney I Dobrin and Kyle Jensen
contributions by Brooke Rollins, John Muckelbauer, Richard M. Doyle, Kevin J. Porter, Michael Bernard-Donals, Jeff Rice, Ronald Fortune, Collin Gifford Brooke, Jodie Nicotra and Matthew Heard
Southern Illinois University Press, 2017
Paper: 978-0-8093-3563-3 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-3564-0
Library of Congress Classification P53.27A23 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 808.042071

This collection is organized around the concept of abduction, a logical operation introduced by Charles Sanders Peirce that explains how new ideas are formed in response to an uncertain future. Responding to this uncertain future with rigor and insight, each essay imagines new methods, concepts, and perspectives that extend writing studies research into startling new terrain. To appeal to a wide range of audiences, the essays work within foundational areas in rhetoric and composition research such as space, time, archive, networks, inscription, and life. Some of the essays take familiar concepts such as historiography, the writing subject, and tone and use abduction to chart new paths forward. Others use abduction to identify areas within writing studies such as futural writing, the calling of place, and risk that require more sustained attention. Taken together, these essays expose the manifold pathways that writing studies research may pursue.

Each of the twelve essays that comprise this collection sparks new insights about the phenomenon of writing. A must-read for rhetoric and composition scholars and students, Abducting Writing Studies is sure to foster vibrant discussions about what is possible in writing research and instruction.
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