Invention Map

The first two chapters of my dissertation focus on place as a topos for invention studies; basically, I think that place has been a crucial organizing feature of the ways we’ve approached rhetorical invention theories and strategies in Comp/Rhet. We think of invention as occurring in or out–of the writer’s mind, of generic conventions, of the classroom, of the field of composition. . .I’ve spent most of my time gathering up other people’s views of invention and charting it, but the question is. . .where’s my map of invention? I rely too heavily on other people without making my own thoughts evident. And all of this should lead to my discussion of the essay, which is what I really want to talk about. The connection is lacking now, though. . .

A first step in mapping my views of invention? Here you go:

my invention map round 1

Hmm. . .


I am an associate professor of English and writing center coordinator at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. I teach courses in composition, creative nonfiction, fundamentals of English, and peer tutoring.

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