The Animal Who Writes: A Posthumanist Composition

The Animal Who Writes: A Posthumanist Composition

by Marilyn M. Cooper


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Writing begins with unconscious feelings of something that insistently demands to be responded to, acted upon, or elaborated into a new entity. Writers make things that matter—treaties, new species, software, and letters to the editor—as they interact with other humans of all kinds. As they write, they also continually remake themselves. In The Animal Who Writes, Cooper considers writing as a social practice and as an embodied behavior that is particularly important to human animals. The author argues that writing is an act of composing enmeshed in nature-cultures and is homologous with technology as a mode of making. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822965794
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Series: Composition, Literacy, and Culture Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Marilyn M. Cooper is Emerita Professor of Humanities at Michigan Technological University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xi

Introduction 3

1 Enchanted Writing 19

2 Writing as Entangled 45

3 Writing as Making 76

4 The Dynamics of Becoming 106

5 The Agency of Writing 127

6 The Creativity of Writing 157

7 Ethical Persuasion 189

Conclusion: Good Writing Is Well Made 221

Notes 235

Works Cited 249

Index 265

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