2012: The Year in Review(s)


Posted: December 31st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Bookshelf, Research, Rhetoric, Self-Promotion | No Comments »


Now that my book Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse has been out for just about a year (get it here or here), a crop of reviews have begun to emerge, and for the most part, they’ve been pretty positive. In fact, the biggest quibble in the lot, and it’s not an entirely unfair criticism, is that while I take great pains to avoid whiffs of technological determinism in my argument, a kind of rhetorical determinism creeps into my phrasing from time to time. Otherwise, the reviews are decidedly blush-inducing; it’s a great feeling of validation to see that people in the wider field get what it is you’re trying to do. And now for a highlights reel:

  • Peter Wayne Moe, in Rhetoric Society Quarterly: “Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse is an invaluable addition to recent discussions concerning delivery, broadening our understanding of delivery beyond the body, beyond medium, and into the myriad ways technology and the canon remediate each other.”
  • Mariana Grohowski, in Enculturation: “McCorkle’s aim is ultimately one of agency—to equip teacher-scholars of rhetoric with the imperative to understand the processes of remediation on our writing and our thinking, to harness a greater understanding of our otherwise enculturated communication practices.”
  • John Frederick Reynolds, in Rhetoric Review: “This is a good book. Maybe the best single-authored academic book I’ve read since Sharon Crowley’s The Methodical Memory (also SIUP) in 1990.”

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