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Profile: David Gold

Title: Associate Professor of English, Women's Studies, and Education
PhD, U of Texas at Austin,  2003

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Teaching Interests:  I love teaching at UM. I offer a variety of courses in rhetoric, writing, and literacy studies, and I enjoy working with students at all levels, from first-year students writing their first college essays to PhD candidates writing their dissertations. As much as possible, I try to make my courses hands on through student-led discussions and in-class workshops. I also try to help students to produce writing they would be proud sharing with an audience outside of class.  My recent undergraduate courses include ENG 425, Writing for the Real World, designed to help students present themselves to scholarly, professional, and public audiences, and ENG 403, Women's Rhetorical Traditions in 20th-Century America, which treats both political and popular rhetorics and considers issues that have both united and divided women. Recent graduate courses include History of Rhetorical Education and What Is Writing For? Pedagogy and Purpose in Contemporary Writing Studies. Students can find descriptions for these and other courses on my homepage or email me for more information.

Scholarly interests: My scholarly interests include the history of rhetoric, rhetorical theory, composition pedagogy, and public and professional writing. I am particularly interested in women's rhetorical practices and the voices of marginalized rhetors, and much of my work examines how non-elite populations of students (female, African American, rural, first-generation, Southern) have historically used their rhetorical education in public and professional spheres. I also maintain an interest in technologies of literacy and recently coedited a special issue of College English on the digital humanities and historiography in rhetoric and composition. My current projects include examinations of women's participation in the 19th-century elocution movement and the discourses of the 1920s bobbed hair phenomenon. My work can be found at Academia.edu.


Selected recent publications


Educating the New Southern Woman: Speech, Writing, and Race at the Public Women's Colleges, 1884-1945. Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms. Southern Illinois University Press, 2014. With Catherine L. Hobbs.

Rhetoric at the Margins: Revising the History of Writing Instruction in American Colleges, 1873-1947Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2008.
2010 Outstanding Book Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Editor, Rhetoric, History, and Women's Oratorical Education: American Women Learn to Speak. Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Communication. New York: Routledge, 2013. With Catherine L. Hobbs.

Articles and chapters
"Seizing the Methodological Moment: The Digital Humanities and Historiography in Rhetoric and Composition." College English 76.2 (November 2013): 105-14. Guest editor, special issue on rhetorical historiography and the digital humanities. With Jessica Enoch.

"Remapping Revisionist Historiography." College Composition and Communication 64.1 (2012): 15-34.

"Writing Instruction in School and College English: The Twentieth Century and the New Millennium." A Short History of Writing Instruction: From Ancient Greece to Modern America. 3rd ed. Ed. James J. Murphy. New York: Routledge, 2012. 232-72. With Catherine Hobbs and James A. Berlin.

"Students Writing Race at Southern Public Women's Colleges, 1884-1945." History of Education Quarterly 50.2 (2010): 182-203.
"'Eve Did No Wrong': Effective Literacy at a Public College for Women." College Composition and Communication 61.2 (2009): W177-96.

"Will the Circle Be Broken: The Rhetoric of Complaint against Student Writing." MLA Profession (2008): 83-93.

"The Accidental Archivist: Embracing Chance and Confusion in Historical Scholarship." Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process. Ed. Gesa E. Kirsch and Liz Rohan. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2008. 13-19.

"Southerners Anonymous." Crossroads: A Southern Culture Annual. Ed. Ted Olson. Macon: Mercer UP, 2006. 3-10.
  • Educating the New Southern Woman: Speech, Writing, and Race at the Public Women's Colleges, 1884-1945
  • Rhetoric, History, and Women's Oratorical Education: American Women Learn to Speak

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