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Studying L2 writers’ digital writing: An argument for post-critical methods


Computers and Composition Volume 22, Number 3 ISSN 8755-4615 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Because the fields of digital writing and second language (L2) writing both have rich methodological traditions, researchers designing a study that examines issues at the intersection of these two fields have multiple methodological traditions to draw upon. Recognizing the choices that researchers face, we advocate adopting post-critical methodologies, as articulated by Patricia Sullivan and James E. Porter for these digital/L2 inquiries. A post-critical approach, we believe, enhances these studies by emphasizing their interdisciplinary and ideological nature. After defining what a post-critical methodology entails, we connect it to recent research trends in digital writing, L2 writing, and L2 studies. To help future researchers design digital/L2 writing studies, we explain the implications of these approaches.


De Pew, K.E. & Miller, S.K. Studying L2 writers’ digital writing: An argument for post-critical methods. Computers and Composition, 22(3), 259-278. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved July 20, 2019 from .

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