I know it is a bit late to be posting my summer reading list, but here's the things I have or will be reading this summer
- Alien Phenomenology, or What It's Like to Be a Thing, Ian Bogost
- How to Do Things with Videogames, Ian Bogost
- Inter/vention: Free Play in the Age of Electracy, Jan Rune Holmevik
- Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, Jane McGonigal
- Ambient Rhetoric: The Attunements of Rhetorical Being, Thomas Rickert
- The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Ken Robinson
- Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, Ken Robinson
- Toward a Composition Made Whole, Jody Shipka
I've spent the last few weeks re-reading disciplinary essays on Levinas, particularly the JAC and P&R special issues. That project is (finally) almost over. The Bogost, Robinson, and Holmevik readings are for a piece on sf0, the real world-mmo community gaming site (I'm still working on language to describe exactly what this thing is). I collected research on student participation with the project last semester, and will continue that research with a graduate class in the fall. I came across the McGonigal looking at Alex Reid's syllabus for a summer course on games and the title is enticing for that project.
I've heard a lot of good things about the Shipka; I am interested in the book's emphasis on multimodal education and placing the impetus for rhetorical decisions on students. The Rickert is more for fun- I hope it is out so I can include it in my graduate Contemporary Rhetorics seminar in the fall of 2013.