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Kevin Roozen

Name: Kevin Roozen, Department of English

Presentation Title: "Reading the River: Connecting Curricular and Extracurricular Currents of Literate Activity"

Date: October 16, 2003


The dominant cultural maps by which writing is understood tend to represent writing as disparate streams of literate activity tightly contained within their contextual banks and flowing in entirely different directions. Based on a three-year investigation of one UIUC undergraduate and his writing as a journalist, student, poet, and stand-up comedian, this talk points to the complex and unpredictable ways in which extracurricular and curricular genres and practices are co-genetically linked. It also suggests how the boundaires of cultural maps of writing might be redrawn in order to trace the flow of literate practices as they move across school and non-school domains.