Lynn C. Lewis

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Oklahoma

Areas of Interest & Expertise

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

Selected Publications

“The Possibilities of Uncertainty: Digital Archives as Cunning Texts in First-year Writing Curriculum,” with Joshua Daniel-Wariya, Pedagogy special issue, Duke UP, 2019.

““Don’t ‘Tase Me Bro:” Emergent Participatory Economies across Web Spaces." Chapter in The Rhetoric of Participation: Interrogating Commonplaces in and beyond the Classroom, edited by Banaji, Blankenship, et al.., Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press, 2019.

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. 

Current Projects

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. 

“Body, Visible” with Joshua Daniel-Wariya. Forthcoming in Our Body of Work: Embodied Teaching and Administration in Writing Studies, Utah State UP.

“In the Weeds,” with Joshua Daniel-Wariya. Forthcoming in Violence in the Work of Composition edited by Scott Gate and Kristi Fleckenstein, Utah State UP.

Pivotal Strategies: Claiming Writing Studies as Discipline, editor. This book manuscript asks contributors to consider two key questions: 1.) What rhetorical conditions and cultural habitus inform a graduate student’s decision to claim writing studies as their discipline? 2.) What rhetorical tactics do writing studies scholars employ in order to claim their discipline?

“Signs of Dissent: Spectacle and the Hidden Transcript at the Oklahoma City Women’s March of 2017.” This essay argues that the signs and costumes evident at the Oklahoma City's Women's March make use of spectacle in order to shift the framing of dissent and to make visible hidden transcripts in Oklahoma dissent and resistance.

“The Devil in Decorum." This essay analyzes the uses and misuses of decorum as rhetorical strategy during and since the 2016 Presidential election.

Selected Conference Presentations

“Opening the Door: the Oklahoma City Women’s March of 2017,” accepted to RSA May 2020 in Portland, Oregon.

“What They Do in the Shadows: Audience, Interpretation, and Identity in Internet Memes,” accepted to CCCC March 2020 in Milwaukee. Panel Chair and Organizer.

“Archives as Cunning Texts in First-Year Composition,” CCCC, with Joshua Daniel-Wariya, March 2019.

“The Wiles of Decorum,” Watson Conference, Fall, 2018. U of Louisville.

“The Devil in Decorum,” CCCC, March 2018. Panel Chair and organizer, The Limits of Civility: Towards Rhetorical Power in a Post-Truth Era.

“Decorum Bites,” Rhetoric Society of America, May 2018. Panel chair and organizer, “Firing Cicero: The Ideal Orator in an Uncivil Age.”

“Signs of Dissent: Responses to the 2017 Women’s Marches,” Feminisms and Rhetorics, October, 2017.

“Challenging Participatory Norms, Creating Change: Approaches and Applications for Re-Thinking Participation in and Beyond the Writing Classroom,” CCCC (College Conference on Composition and Communication), Portland, Oregon, March 2017.

“#Sticky Dissent,” Watson Conference, University of Louisville, October, 2016.

"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.