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Prompts, Props, and Performativity: Commemorating Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Mark McBeth, Ian Barnard, Aneil Rallin, Jonathan Alexander, and Andrea A. Lunsford




Commemorating the lifework of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and insisting on her ongoing importance to the field of rhetoric and composition, this cluster of perverse tributes performs the spirit of Sedgwick’s own playfulness and experimentation as scholar, (creative) writer, and teacher and stages her frequent reflections on performance as an ontological project as well as performativity as a linguistic act.

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Mark McBeth is an Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he has previously been Deputy Chair of the Writing Program as well as the WAC Coordinator.  His scholarly work looks at the intersections between language (composition and rhetoric), queer theory, and pedagogy.

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Aneil Rallin is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition and Affiliated Faculty in the Humanities at Soka University of America. He is especially interested in experimental writing and unruly/perverse/activist rhetorics. He grew up in Bombay and lives in downtown Los Angeles. He does not drive.

Jonathan Alexander is Professor of English and Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Irvine.

Andrea Abernethy Lunsford is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English and Rosenberg Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University.  She has published twenty books and many essays. Her most recent publication, with Lisa Ede, is a collection of their essays spanning the last thirty years, Writing Together: Collaboration in Theory and Practice.  

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