Lynn C. Lewis

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Oklahoma

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Visual Rhetoric and Design
  • New Literacies
  • Rhetoric Theory
  • Pedagogy and Writing in Traditional and Digital Environments
  • New Media Studies

Selected Publications

Strategic Discourse: The Politics of (New) Literacy Crises. Edited book. Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press, accepted 2014 pending final revisions. 

What does twenty-first century literacy crisis discourse look like? To what extent does current crisis discourse differ in kind, substance, or effects from what Trimbur describes in his important 1991 essay, “Literacy and the Discourse of Literacy”? This book project seeks to answer these questions through exploration of six sites of literacy crisis discourse.

“Watching the Clock:  The Logics of Speed-sponsored Literacy Practices,” JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics, 33.1-2 (2013).

In this essay, I define and demonstrate the prominence of what I call speed culture. I examine how speed culture works to sponsor literacies, which have hitherto been under-examined and argue that twenty-first century literacies can be best understood through their imbrication within speed culture.

“The Participatory Meme Chronotope:  Fixity of Space/Rapture of Time,” in New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders, eds. Bronwyn Williams and Amy Zenger, Routledge, 2012. 

This essay examines the phenomenon of participatory Internet memes, using the Bakhtinian framework of the chronotope. 

“Visible and Hidden Transcripts: Word Domination and Paths to Resistance,”Computers and Composition Online Journal, Virtual Classroom, Spring, 2007,

Accepted and Forthcoming Publications

Time Constructions: Temporality, Speed, and the Way We Write Now. Monograph. Parlor Press, accepted 2014.

In this book manuscript, I examine the relationship between technologies, temporality and speed as normalized value. I argue that speed deserves closer examination because it is transforming the nature of literacy today.

"'Don't Tase Me Bro,' Emergent Participatory Economies Across Web Spaces," in The Rhetoric of Participation, eds. Paige Binaji, Lisa Blankenship, Katie DeLuca, and Lauren Obermark, Computers and Compositons Digital Press/Utah State University Press, accepted. 

Recent Conference Presentations

"Scarcity Crisis: Literacy and the Ownership of Time," Accepted for Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Conference, Atlanta, 2016

"Time Plays among the Speed-Steeped: Approaches to Pedagogy," Computers and Writing, Univ. Wisconsin-Stout, May 2015. 

"Writing and Logics of Speed: Mapping Responsivity Vectors," Watson Conference, October 2014. 

"Time Won't Let Me: Access and Borders in a Speed-Loving World," Rhetorical Societ of America Conference, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. 

"The Casual Cop and the Pepper Spray: Rupture Networks and Internet Memes as Means to Resistance," on Rupture Networks and the Visual Rhetoric of Dissent: Opening Access panel CCCC 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Chair and organizer of panel.

“Don’t ‘Tase Me Bro,' Image Economies in the Age of Reproduction,” Watson Conference at the University of Louisville, October 2012.
“Time on Our Side:  A (De)mystification of Literacy Practices,” Computers and Writing 2012, University of North Carolina, May 2012.

“Uneasy Spaces:  From Meme Pandemic to Glocal Literacy,” The Conference on College Composition and Communication in Atlanta, Georgia. Invited speaker:  
April 6–9, 2011