You guys aren't the only ones doing the work! I'm also going to do each IG Community assignment. Additionally, my will include some questions for you to ruminate upon as you read. You can even use them to prep for class if you want! So here's my response to #ConnerInsta1
I was struck by Murray's push for "allowing and even cultivating... obsessive interest" in writers (p. 232). You'll learn very soon that I have an obsessive interest in Frasier. And sometimes people just DON'T GET why I watch the same shows over and over again. But I notice something different every time! And, thanks to Murray, I can justify my habit: it's not that I don't like to experience NEW things--it's just that I think that texts can be experienced and re-experienced from new angles. And I do the same thing in my writing. I know something new every time I compose. Maybe it's because "cultivating... obsessive interest" actually allows us to develop deeper understandings of "texts."
Okay, here are some questions that can prime you for our discussions of Murray. And you can come up with your own questions, too!
1️⃣ What does Murray mean by "autobiography?" Is his understanding similar or different from your own?
2️⃣ Did you notice any of the #thresholdconcepts
of writing we talked about in class today? What about the tools for flexibility (reflection, risk, circulation, and collaboration)?
3️⃣ What do you think are some consequences for YOUR field (e.g. science, business) of accepting/denying/ignoring the idea that all writing is autobiographical?
4️⃣ What kinds of "obsessive interests" do you have that you might "cultivate"; that is, are you interested in anything that you think deserves even more thought?
5️⃣ Do you agree with Murray when he writes, "I do not think we should move away from personal or reflective narrative in composition courses" (p. 232).
6️⃣ Murray ends with a call for more study: "All reading is autobiography" (p. 234). What do you think about the term "reading?" What does that mean to you? Do you "read" autobiographically?
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