Marc Bousquet’s article, The Figure of Writing and the Future of English Studies hit the nail on my head. One example I really like from this article was his comparison and analysis between literature and writing in historical practices, and implication. It was so clear to help me understand the how the recent practices between the two have been. It was left less feeling of guilt to me, thus, that, as the author diagnosed, the fate of literature in academia is somehow bleak as it has declined and technical and professional knowledge have replaced its arena; I wanted to say but could not for one reason or another. More than that, his analysis in rhetoric and composition was even more exciting because it reflected my observation! As I noticed a surge of demand in writing discipline in academia, his analysis and prediction of its application, especially with a concept of a career trend in English department was left me with a feeling of, “Yeah, I thought that way too!” To tell you the truth, it was not clear for me how to express myself with this topic either to myself or to others with this knowingly expanding necessity of composition with well explained implication. Thus, this single article shed a light on how I will apply this dominating role of writing and technology in my future career and in my personal life.
So to where is the destiny of composition lead? As Marc Bousquet writes, unlike literature, writing in English is ever more integrated into different disciplines; rhetoric, composition, media writing, English education, creative writing, critical theory, gender and cultural study. Writing indeed appears to be more prominent than literature everywhere. It is applicable and is being applied in every subject and discipline! Either faculty in academia, researchers, or students, all are interested in writers and writing and talk about it.
As a matter of fact, focus on writing in work force does open up to new opportunities. Especially, as the author emphasized in the book, the role of hypermedia composition will intersect of research, teaching, and business. That is, trans-genres are becoming more interesting. To be more specific, I truly agree with the author’s opinion that the importance of hypertextuality will serve as a means to mediate among different research, and the archival texts, critical texts, and the discourse of learners, etc. Thus, faculty and students in English department have both opportunity and obligation to support and advocate this hypertextuality as a public literacy.
Currently, as the author argues, The Writing and Rhetoric Major focus on different genres and practices of writing in various contexts and genres. Ultimately, graduates of the Writing and Rhetoric Major will be well equipped for public and private sector careers, such as teaching, the law, business, public advocacy, and editing and publishing that require knowledge of advanced communication strategies and writing skills. Writing skill is needed in any career in mainstream or the world view of education administration. As a soaring eagle, then, the importance of role in rhetoric-composition will permeate in not only the world view of education administration, but also it will connect communities, disciplines, and institutions while creating fruitful relationships more in the future.
And best of all, this is such a good projection for me; I have ESL background and am trying to teach ESL students whom presumably have bilingual background, diverse culture, and global language—technology skill. I am highly anticipated to teach in many disciplines that will likely be crossing over. Therefore, do I not only need to learn how to flow with this trend, but also learn how to lead my future students with this mega-discipline in composition.