The Connection of Everyone With Twitter

April 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Michelle Taransky

[T]he Internet has the potential to benefit society as a whole, and facilitate the membership and participation of individuals within society. We contend that digital citizenship encourages what has elsewhere been called social inclusion

Digital citizenship: the internet, society, and participation by Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert, Ramona S. McNeal

Both poetry and pedagogy need to enter into conversation with a world larger than any single claim to a “we” or an “us”— to proceed by means of principles of curiosity and the pursuit of connections larger than one’s immediate experience of one’s associative logics

Poetry and Pedagogy: The Challenge of the Contemporary eds. Joan Retallack and Juliana Spahr

Drawing on pedagogical models from Spahr, Retallack, Filreis and Bernstein, my talk will describe and analyze my use of twitter in the poetry classroom to model a reading (and writing) practice that is participatory and collective, where immediacy, simultaneity and nonlinearity are possible as students “tap into something that’s much larger than themselves: the world of available language” and social networking can be a metaphor for writing.


Bernstein, Charles. ‘Wreading, Writing, Wresponding’” Teaching Modernist Poetry, eds. Peter Middleton and Nicky Marsh.  London: Palgrave, 2010

Filreis, Al.“Modernist Pedagogy at the End of the Lecture: IT and the Poetics Classroom” Teaching Modernist Poetry, eds. Peter Middleton and Nicky Marsh.  London: Palgrave, 2010

Lefevre, Karen. Invention as a Social Act. Carbondale: SUI Press, 1987.

Retallack, Joan, and Juliana Spahr, eds. Poetry and Pedagogy: The Challenge of the Contemporary. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006.

Retallack, Joan. The Poethical Wager. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.

Spahr, Juliana. “Poetics Statement” in American Poets in the 21st Century. Ed. Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell. Middletown: Wesleyan, 2007.

Spahr, Juliana, Everybody’s Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity.  Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2001.


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