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Jonathan Alexander

Professor of English, Education, and Gender & Sexuality Studies
School of Humanities

Editor, College Composition and Communication

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1993, Comparative Literature

Phone: (949) 824-7397
Fax: (949) 824-2916
Email: jfalexan@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
(Office) 153 Krieger Hall
(Mailing) 435 Humanities Instructional Bldg
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697

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Literacy, Sexuality, Pedagogy, Virtuality, & Poetry--preferably all at the same time. Or, more traditionally, Writing Studies & Rhetoric, Literacy Studies, Queer Theory, New Media, Science Fiction & Popular Culture
Jonathan Alexander is a three-time recipient of the Ellen Nold Award for Best Articles in the field of Computers and Composition Studies. His books have been nominated for various awards, including the Lambda Literary Award. In 2011, he was awarded the Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Computers and Writing Studies. From 2010-2013, Jonathan was named a UCI Chancellor's Fellow in recognition of his scholarly achievements.
Jonathan's work focuses primarily on the use of emerging communications technologies in the teaching of writing and in shifting conceptions of what writing, composing, and authoring mean. Jonathan also works at the intersection of the fields of writing studies and sexuality studies, where he explores what discursive theories of sexuality have to teach us about literacy and literate practice in pluralistic democracies.
Publications Books in Development

Techne: Queer Meditations on Writing the Self. Co-authored with Jacqueline Rhodes. Manuscript under review.

Sexual Rhetorics: Methods, Identities, Publics. Co-edited with Jacqueline Rhodes. Collection under contract.

Writing Youth: Corporate Sponsorship of Young Adult Literacies. Monograph in progress.

Diligent Pleasures: The Pedagogical Imperatives of Queerness. With Jacqueline Rhodes. Monograph in progress.


On Multimodality: New Media in Composition Studies. With Jacqueline Rhodes. CCCC Studies in Writing & Rhetoric. March 2014

Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing. With Elizabeth Losh. Bedford/St. Martin's. March 2013

Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Connections and Challenges. Co-edited with Serena Anderlini D'Onofrio. Routledge. 2012

Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies. With Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson. Sage Publications. First Edition: January 2009. Second Edition: February 2013

Literacy, Sexuality, Pedagogy: Theory and Practice for Composition Studies. Utah State University Press. April 2008

Digital Youth: Emerging Literacies on the World Wide Web. A book in Hampton Press’s “New Dimensions in Computers and Writing Studies” series, edited by Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe. December 2005 (Nominated for the Computers & Composition Outstanding Book Award)

Role Play: Distance Learning and the Teaching of Writing. Co-edited with Marcia Dickson. A book in Hampton Press’s “New Dimensions in Computers and Writing Studies." December 2005

Argument Now, a Brief Rhetoric. Co-written with Margaret Barber, PhD, focusing on the use of computers to teach writing. Pearson/Longman. Includes an Instructor’s Manual co-written with Margaret Barber and a companion Website at http://wps.ablongman.com/long_alexander_an_1/. January 2005

Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others. Co-edited with Karen Yescavage. Routledge. July 2004 (Nominated for a Lambda Literary Award)

Edited Journal Issues

Special issue of Computers & Composition, entitled “Writing | Designing.” Edited with Julia R. Lupton. (forthcoming)

Special issue of College English, entitled “Re-Imagining the Social Turn in Composition Studies.” Edited with Jacqueline Rhodes. Vol. 76.6. July 2014.

Special issue of Reflections, a Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy, entitled “Public/Sex: Connecting Sexuality and Service Learning.” Edited with Janell Haynes and Jacqueline Rhodes. Vol. 9.2. Spring 2010

Special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality, entitled "Bisexuality & Queer Theory." Co-edited with Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio. Vol. 9.3-4 July-December 2009

“Media Convergence,” a special collection of Webtexts for the “Print to Screen” section of Computers and Composition Online. Spring 2008.

Special Issue of Computers and Composition, entitled “Media Convergence.” Vol. 25.1. March 2008 (Winner, Ellen Nold Award)

Special issue of The Journal of Bisexuality, entitled “Looking Both Ways: Bisexuality and the Media.” Co-edited with Dr. Keith Dorwick. Volume 7, Numbers 1 & 2. 2007

Special issue of Computers & Composition, entitled “Sexuality, Technology, and the Teaching of Writing.” Co-edited with William P. Banks. Vol. 21.3. September 2004 (Winner, Ellen Nold Award)

“Special Cluster: Queer Theory,” for JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory. Co-edited with Michelle Gibson. Vol. 24.1. 2004

Special issue of the International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, entitled “Queer Webs: Representations of LGBT People and Communities on the World Wide Web.” Vol. 7, Nos. 2 & 3. April/May 2002

Special issue of the Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity, entitled “Queer Values, Beyond Identity.” Vol. 4, No. 4. October 1999

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

“The Darker Side of the Sorting Hat: Representations of Educational Testing in Dystopian Young Adult Fiction." With Rebecca Black. Children's Literature. (accepted)

"After Homonormativity: Hope for a (More) Queer Canon of Gay YA Literature." With William P. Banks. Beyond Borders: Queer Eros and Ethos (Ethics) in LGBTQ Young Adult Literature. (accepted)

"Narrating Compulsion: Reading Gay Male Writing.” QED: A Journal of LGBTQ Worldmaking. (accepted)

“Frameworks for Failure.” With Daniel M. Gross. Pedagogy. (accepted)

“Glenn Gould & the Rhetorics of Sound.” Computers and Composition. (forthcoming)

“Aesthetics and Artificiality from À rebours to Avatar: Some Varieties of the Virtual Since 1884.” Science Fiction Studies. Vol. 41.3. November 2014. (502-523)

“Telling the Truth about Sex: Rhetorical Responsiveness in the Case of Ted Haggard.” JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, & Politics. Vol. 34.1-2. 2014. (105-131)

“Indirection, Anxiety, and the Folds of Reading.” With Jacqueline Rhodes and Laura Micciche. Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy. Vol. 65-66. Fall 2013 & Spring 2014. (43-71)

“Rhetorical Education and Student Activism.” With Susan C. Jarratt. College English. Vol. 76.6. July 2014. (525-544)

“The Career of David Levithan: It Gets Better and Better.” Los Angeles Review of Books. http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/career-david-levithan-gets-better-better

“Imagining Alien Sex.” A four-part article, with David Lumb and Karen Yescavage. Los Angeles Review of Books. December 3, 2013-January 5, 2014. http://lareviewofbooks.org/contributor/jonathan-alexander

"Repetition Compulsions: Dennis Cooper and the Ethics of Transgression." Journal of Homosexuality. (forthcoming)

"Flattening Effects: Composition’s Multicultural Imperative and the Problem of Narrative Coherence." With Jacqueline Rhodes. College Composition and Communication. Vol. 65, No. 3, February 2014. (430-454)

"California in/and Science Fiction: The Future is Here." A special cluster of articles, curated by Jonathan Alexander and introduced by Jonathan Alexander and Catherine Liu. Los Angeles Review of Books. August 15, 2013.

"Revolution Now? The Family Romances of Post-Apocalyptic Media." Los Angeles Review of Books. December 10, 2012. http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?id=1245

"Katrina Media: The Arts of HBO's 'Treme' in the Aftermath of Trauma." Los Angeles Review of Books. September 23, 2012. http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?id=945&fulltext=1

“Queer Rhetoric and the Pleasures of the Archive.” With Jacqueline Rhodes. Enculturation, 2012. http://www.enculturation.net/queer-rhetoric-and-the-pleasures-of-the-archive

“Queerness, Multimodality, and the Possibilities of Re/Orientation.” With Jacqueline Rhodes. Composing (Media)= Composing (Embodiment): Bodies, Technologies, Writing, the Teaching of Writing. Ed. Kristin L. Arola and Anne Frances Wysocki. Utah State UP, 2012. (187-211)

"Experience, Embodiment, Excess: Multimedia[ed] [E]visceration and Installation Rhetoric." With Jacqueline Rhodes. In The New Work of Composing, edited by Deborah Journet, Cheryl Ball, and Ryan Trauman. Computers and Composition Digital Press. 2012. http://ccdigitalpress.org/ebooks-and-projects/nwc

"Installation Rhetoric: A Manifesto for the Body." With Jacqueline Rhodes. College Composition and Communication Online 1.1. December 2011

Response to "Prompts, Props, and Performativity: Commemorating Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.” College Composition and Communication Online 1.1. December 2011

“The ‘Write’ Context: Embedding Information Literacy.” With Cathy Palmer and Kevin Ruminson. 2011. Journal of Information Fluency. http://if.ucf.edu/

“Queer: An Impossible Subject for Composition.” With Jacqueline Rhodes. JAC. Volume 31: 1-2. 2011 (177-206)

"Whose Literacy Is It Anyway? Examining a First-Year Approach to Gaming Across Curricula." With Elizabeth Losh. Currents in Electronic Literacy. 2011.

“Straight Eye for the Gay Guy: Composing Queerness.” Journal of Homosexuality. Volume 57.6. July 2010 (697 - 729)

"Technologies of the Self in the Aftermath: Affect, Subjectivity, Composition." With Jacqueline Rhodes. Rhetoric Review. Vol. 29.2. 2010 (145-164)

“Queer Rhetorical Agency: Questioning Narratives of Heteronormativity.” With David Wallace. JAC 29.4. 2009 (793-819)

Recent Multimedia / Creative Work

"Savage Parade: 12 Poems." Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry. Issue 10. April 2013

“Queered: A Literacy Narrative.” A twenty-minute film created with Jacqueline Rhodes. 2011 Computers and Writing Conference. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Screened May 20, 2011
Published online at Technoculture: http://tcjournal.org/drupal/vol2/queered

"daybreak: a nietzschean rhapsody." Polari: An International Journal of Queer Creative Writing. Issue 2, October 2010.

“phonesex : a digital collage” and “dis|orientation : a straight closet.” Published online in Harlot, A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion. Volume 1, Number 1. Fall 2008.
Modern Language Association
National Council of Teachers of English
Association of Internet Researchers
Speculative Literature Foundation
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