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Ph.D. Candidate at University of Rhode Island

Following in the footsteps of his mother, William Bowden was interested from an early age in transnational literature of the nineteenth century. Over time, and with the help of numerous instructors, Bowden has developed an affinity for all things Virginia Woolf. Now, as a Ph.D. candidate, he is working with texts and theory from the nineteenth century to the early 20th century. Bowden is interested in continental philosophy beginning with Nietzsche, and more recently, struggling with the work of Michel Foucault and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Bowden is obsessed with the relationship between teaching and literature. Pedagogy as an interactive critical practice within an authoritative and standardized framework has become one of his center interests. Currently in his first year, Bowden plans to build upon his Master’s thesis “Virginia Woolf’s Aesthetic Pedagogy” (2017). His first publication appeared in the Journal For Media Literacy Education (2015) and his more recent invited publication for The Current reflects his intense desire to dismantle forms of education that are authoritative and replace them with a “horizontal” mode of learning (borrowing the phrase from Achille Mbembe) between teacher and student.

Process and Post-Process Writing in The Composition Classroom

This post does not seek to discredit teachers using older editions of Writing and Rhetoric textbooks. I will offer an alternative model that can...

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Intro to the Writing of Fiction

Below you'll find a syllabus for a 200-level Intro to the Writing of Fiction course complete with readings and assignments.  Feature image courtesy of Andrew Seaman    
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Characters, Conflict, and Goals

It can be difficult to reveal connections between key elements of craft in fiction writing classes, but this activity is designed to do just that.

Concrete Imagery in Poetry Scattegories

To begin: I have students call out a list of abstractions. Usually we end up with some variation on the following: fear sadness joy depression ...