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3.2 First-year Writing Open Issue (July 2014)

In rhetoric, invention refers to the process of creating or making meaning: moving toward something new by (re)considering, (re)thinking, or (re)envisioning the material at hand. Traditionally, invention is about a search, or a quest, for arguments. These three pieces selected for Issue 3.2, written by students in EMU's First-year Writing Program, share this endeavor: each essay presents an argument discovered through the process of questioning: reading the familiar with greater attention to detail, seeking substance beyond our first impressions.

In "The Literacy of My Life… So Far," we are introduced to the author's understanding of literacy told through a series of life snapshots. Our second literacy narrative, "Progression to Literacy," highlights literacy sponsorship through spaces that offer potential, like the author’s journal and a series of assignments that he felt personally invested in. Lastly, "The Givers" is an ethnographic account that studies the significance of the relationship between dentists and their patients at one particular practice, driven by the author’s individual passion for the field of dentistry. (Photo credit)


3.1 Writing for Cultural Anthropology (October 2013)

Cultural anthropology attends to patterns in human activity using an array of theories, methods, and practices. Issue 3.1, Writing for Cultural Anthropology, features writing from Eastern Michigan University's Anthropology Program as distinguished among five frameworks: cultural reflexivity, assessing theoretical perspectives, mini-ethnographies, interdisciplinarity, and crossing cultures.

This photo of a "Tabu" beer glass was taken by Dr. Cerroni-Long at the Tahiti International Airport (May 2012), as documentation of "tourist art" appropriation of anthropological concepts--a process studied in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Cultural Museum Studies (CMS) she established and coordinates.

The two Guest Editors of this EM-Journal issue are Dr. Cerroni-Long, Professor of Anthropology, and Dr. Gabriel, Lecturer in Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology.


2.2 CSW Composite (March 2013)

Issue 2.2, CSW Composite, takes its shape from bits and pieces gathered at the First-year Writing Program's Fall 2012 Celebration of Student Writing—bits and pieces we have organized into a multi-authored portrait of the event. The issue follows a logic similar to glass mosaics and shell art: an overall coherence forms as smaller pieces gradually aggregate into some greater arrangement. The Celebration of Student Writing, or CSW, is a biannual showcase featuring student projects developed in Eastern Michigan University's First-year Writing Program. Started in 2000, the Celebration is now in its twelfth year. It is regularly scheduled late in the semester. In Fall 2012, the largest-ever event of its kind at EMU featured projects from 1339 students enrolled in 54 sections of ENGL121: Researching the Public Experience. Another 362 student-writers taking ENGL120, Writing the College Experience, attended the 90-minute event, and several contributed to this special issue. (Photo credit)


2.1 Snapshots (August 2012)

Snapshot: a quick, lasting glimpse of some scene, activity, or event. We have adopted snapshots as the controlling metaphor, or theme, for Issue 2.1, the first issue of EM-Journal's second year, because each of the five pieces featured captures a momentary perspective, question, or thread of inquiry held by the writer. The issue features writing from ENGL121: Researching the Public Experience, a General Education course taken by first-year students who will soon identify with a great range of academic disciplines across Eastern Michigan's dynamic campus. Generally, projects in ENGL121 adopt research methods ranging from ethnography, which includes site or group observation, recording field notes, developing nuanced descriptions, and at times conducting interviews, to more traditional source-based studies, which includes collecting, reading, annotating, and citing textual resources, such as books and articles. (Photo credit)


1.4 International Economics (April 2012)

In the last century, international trade has become an integral part of the economics field. The literature on topics related to international trade and finance is vast, and the courses in international economics, trade, and finance are highly sought among economics, political science, sociology, and finance students. In this special issue, papers by students who were enrolled in the International Economics and Trade course at Eastern Michigan University Department of Economics in 2011 are presented. Students in this special issue have addressed different issues in international economics such as the impact of political stability, corruption, and militarism; or the impact of free trade agreements and European Union membership on trade performance of different countries. (Photo credit)


1.3 Women and Gender in Writing (March 2012)

This special issue explores the uses of women’s studies, gender, and feminist thought in a select few courses offered across the curriculum. The five pieces featured come from classes in Women and Gender Studies, Creative Writing, Philosophy, and Literature. The issue foregrounds matters of gender identity, “becoming” a woman, the ramifications of patriarchy and societal oppression, women’s literary history, and a personal narrative as a means of thinking about relationships and self-worth. This issue offers readers a glimpse of the complexity and value in cross-disciplinary approaches to Women and Gender Studies. Issue 1.3 is released in conjunction with Women’s History Month. Supported in part by a fellowship from the Honors College, the issue celebrates the substantive contributions of emerging writers and thinkers to women’s history. (Photo credit)


1.2 Multigenre (December 2011)

Issue 1.2 features writing from the First-year Writing Program—six pieces representative of some ways genre awareness can aid invention for academic writing. In these projects, writers in ENGL120 and ENGL121 have explored genre with the goal of realizing the distinctive compositional possibilities and effects available to them. Read as a collection, these texts help us understand genre as a fluid, dynamic, and shifting phenomenon. Genres are much more than rigid, tame, repeated forms or containers. Genres reflect durable qualities, but they are elastic structures whose shapes shift and bend because they must always respond to social, material, and contextual forces. The articles collected here remind us powerfully that genres ought to be regarded as contingent and evolving. In effect, they are suspended through and across emerging communication contexts in which writers and speakers interact, adapt their expressions, and even create new genres. (Photo credit)


1.1 Elements (August 2011)

Somewhere between Will Strunk's stern maxims for good writing and today's pop culture "texts" surfaces a call for parody. In 1987, San Francisco-based artist and writer Derek Pell heeded an inventive opportunity like this with The Marquis de Sade's Elements of Style, a playfully subversive fusion of Strunk and White's "little book" and Sade's depictions of his startlingly lascivious lifestyle. The Elements of Style remakes collected in the first issue of Em—Journal follow from Pell's unforgettable experiment. These remakes adapt selected Strunk and White elements, principles, and rules, and in doing so they cleverly push us to understand as flexible and shifting the edge where stylistic conventions abut pop culture texts. (Photo credit)