Special Issue of Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture



http://enculturation.gmu.edu/cfp-mcluhan    Marshall McLuhan at 100: Picking through the Rag and Bone Shop of a Career.

Marshall McLuhan would have turned 100 on July 21, 2011. His work, ideas, and methods are alive and well in the area of Media Ecology, and some excellent scholarship in the past 10 years has re-assessed his relevance for the 21st century. But McLuhan remains a marginal, sometimes mysterious figure, most notably in his home discipline of English studies; even his place in the history of rhetoric has not been firmly established, despite his career-long commitment to understanding rhetoric. The occasion of his 100th birthday presents a kairotic moment for re-assessing his contributions and continued relevance in all these disciplines, or any field concerned with rhetoric, writing, and culture. The collection, however, is not meant as a hagiography; work critical of McLuhan’s approach, style, or politics is welcome.

McLuhan was fond of William Butler Yeats’ image of the “rag-and-bone shop” of history, so this call for papers encourages scholars to “pick through the rag and bone shop” of McLuhan’s career (40 years, 20 books, numerous articles), looking for gems, garbage, or just a trace of something useful for understanding games, language, literature, (new) media, rhetoric, technology, teaching, or writing in the electric, digital age. Work that pays attention to and/or learns from McLuhan’s often overlooked texts (From Cliché to Archetype, Culture is our Business, Through the Vanishing Point, The Laws of Media) would be particularly valuable for expanding McLuhanesque scholarship upon the occasion of his 100th birthday.

Genres: Traditional scholarly essays are welcome. Studying McLuhan in the style of McLuhan or approaching an issue or problem via his style (a mosaic approach, an essai concrète, an audio or video mash-up), with minimal reference to his work, is also encouraged. A mix of approaches will make for a well-balanced and interesting collection.

Students unfamiliar with McLuhan’s work are encouraged to consider another genre. McLuhan’s works are encrusted by a half-century of secondary commentators. As a result, we sometimes miss the insights that fresh eyes might find. We welcome re/views, readings of McLuhan’s books within the genre of the book review that help us connect his ideas to contemporary problems and concerns. Help us bring the diversity of McLuhan’s works to light.

Schedule: Initial Inquiries to Editors for Feedback and Guidance: January 31, 2011. (Not all submissions must be queried first; we offer this query process to encourage and support authors as they encounter McLuhan and as they encounter writing for Enculturation.) First submission, full manuscript: June 15, 2011. Earlier is welcome.

Notifications of Acceptance/Rejection/Revision: September 15, 2011.

Resubmission of Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2011.

Expected Publication: December 21, 2011,  the close of McLuhan’s Hundredth Year.

Please send correspondence and submissions to Kevin.Brooks@ndsu.edu  and/ordbeard@d.umn.edu

Guest Editors:

Kevin Brooks, North Dakota State University David Beard, University of Minnestoa, Duluth _______________________________________________

2 Responses to “Special Issue of Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture”

  1. I rescued from cassette this talk that Marshall McLuhan gave at Johns Hopkins University in the mid 1970s. I have not found an audio file of this talk anywhere online. So far as I know it’s an original contribution to the archive of McLuhan audio. Enjoy. Rare McLuhan Audio


  2. Most of the times blogs are the same but i think that your blog can be an exception. Grats !


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