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Collin Gifford Brooke

Collin Gifford Brooke

Collin Gifford Brooke

Associate Professor and Department Chair


Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
232 HB Crouse Hall
Office: 315.443.3406


PhD University of Texas at Arlington, 1997.

Research and Teaching Interests

Writing and technology; information architecture; critical theory; genre studies; network studies; rhetorics of vision and visualization; history of rhetoric/philosophy.

As a scholar

I think of myself as an idea person (not an idealist), and I'm drawn to those thinkers whom I see as wanderers, people who move from idea to idea, drawing connections, distinctions, etc. This is less a matter of theoretical choice (e.g., D&G's nomadology) than it is personal preference. If you spend any amount of time in a field, and your ideas are the same now as they were ten years ago, something may be wrong. Here's one of my favorites from Georges Bataille (I'd substitute rhetoric for philosophy):
Philosophy takes on a strange dignity from the fact that it supposes infinite questioning. It's not that results gain philosophy some glamour, but only that it responds to the human desire that asks for a questioning of all that is...Its whole value is in the absence of rest that it fosters (Guilty, p.128).

Major Themes in Scholarship

The obvious answer to the question of theme in my work is technology, but that spills over into literacy theories, visual and kinetic design, rhetorics of science, network studies, and touches on more disciplines than you can shake a stick at, including (it seems) a couple of new ones each year. In many ways, hypertext serves a heuristic purpose for me--I'm compelled by connections (and what Greg Ulmer would call "conductions"), and much of the work I do feels to me as though I'm just tracing out connections, some new, some forgotten.

Current Research

The MS for Lingua Fracta: Towards a Rhetoric of New Media is complete, and the published version is forthcoming from Hampton Press as part of their series on New Dimensions in Computers and Composition. My second book is underway, and it will focus on the connections between rhetoric and network studies.

Recent Publications

"Joseph Janagelo and the Analogics of New Media." CCC 59.2 (Dec 2007): 284-294.
[with Paul Bender] "Isolation, Adoption, Diffusion: Mapping the Relationship Between Technology and Graduate Programs in Rhetoric and Composition." Culture Shock and the Practice of Profession: Training the Next Wave in Rhetoric and Composition. Virginia Anderson and Susan Romano, eds. Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2006. 265-286.
"Weblogs as Deictic Systems: Centripetal, Centrifugal, and Small-World Blogging." Computers and Composition Online (Fall 2005).
"Perspective: Towards the Remediation of Style." Enculturation 4.1 (2002).
Second place, Kairos Best Webtext Award, 2002.