Margaret Himley, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Comments on Intertext

I want to thank the students who have written these wonderful essays and accomplished so much in them. When the teachers in the Writing Program redesigned WRT 105 and WRT 205 to focus on the practices of critical analysis, argument, and research, we hypothesized that these practices would be fundamental to what the writing students would do in their course work and in their professional and civic lives. We had high hopes for the kind of critical space the courses would open up.

That hope has been realized—and exceeded. In these essays students demonstrate what they can do with challenging assignments that ask them to link their personal experiences with significant disciplinary and cultural topics of inquiry:

    • Analyses of photographs of family and friends that are imaginative, that raise profound questions about the construction of identity, and that explore the complex dynamics of race and class;

    • Applications of critical space theory to dorm life and theories of religion to popular music;

    • Arguments about the politics of language, disciplines, historical events, and human rights;
    • Research integrated into the essays, drawn from careful reading of visual and written texts, personal experience, interviews, websites, and academic articles and books.

Readers of Intertext will enjoy these essays, as they appreciate the language and follow the lines of analysis and argument and rethink their own assumptions. Teachers will be inspired as they plan their courses for next year.

Congratulations to the writers and to the editorial staff of Intertext.

Margaret Himley
Director of Undergraduate Studies