Multiliteracy Centers: Writing Center Work, New Media, and Multimodal Rhetoric
Edited by: David M. Sheridan and James A. Inman
Overall, Multiliteracy Centers is an excellent resource for those doing writing center research or who are interested in the possibility of creating multiliteracy center spaces. Each author’s contribution highlights the need for multimodal
centers as students engage in multiple modes of communication in their coursework. Still, despite the significant contributions of each author’s work, I would like to have seen a chapter specifically talking about multimodal rhetoric and new media as primer
for the rest of the text. I think this chapter would have foregrounded a lot of the discussions the authors engage in throughout their works. However, given each chapter’s discussion on multimodal rhetoric, there is discussion on its use in multimodal centers.
Moreover, at times some of the discussions seem disjointed from the overall thematic presentation of the section title. I think each section would have benefited from a brief introductory statement at the beginning of each section to help flesh out the contextual
arguments each author makes in their articles. While an introductory chapter gives a brief account of what to expect in each article, the editors might have taken that a step further by providing section introductions thereby creating cohesion among the articles
in and across sections.
Hampton Press, Inc., Creskill, NJ,
2010, 248pp. ISBN
Review by: Estee Beck,
Bowling Green State University
|"We hope that the trope of 'multiliteracy centers' will provide a generative figure for thinking about writing center work . . ." - David M. Sheridan (14)|