Stanley Harrison

Associate Professor

English & Communication




Liberal Arts 307


1999University of Rhode IslandB.A. in English
1988University of KentuckyM.A. in English
1985SUNY CortlandPh.D in English


  • Internet Communication and Culture
  • Posthuman Rhetorics
  • Teaching English: Classroom Methods
  • Composition Theory
  • Copywriting





The study and contemporary application of ancient Greek and Roman rhetorical theory. Students will apply rhetorical theory in ongoing analyses of a wide range of communication media (written, spoken, visual) and in their own writing.

A course emphasizing the development of skill in organizing materials, the formation of a lively and concrete style and an authentic personal voice, and the growth of useful techniques in the arts of exposition, persuasion, and argumentation.

An introduction to the art of public speaking through the study of effective principles combined with practice in speaking before a group.

Introduction to Internet communications and culture. The course focus will change with the instructor, but topics may include Internet Cultural Production and the Global Digital Divide; Cyborg Communications; Uploading Identity, Downloading Decrepitude; Augmented Reality, or the Composition of Everyday Life.

This course explores the analytical and creative possibilities of language. Through both a theoretical discussion and practical application, we will examine how basic elements of writing, such as diction - including figurative language - syntax, structure, and rhetorical style, express and modulate meaning in a variety of writing forms. Students will analyze, create, and critique imaginative pieces, including advertising copy, written speeches, song lyrics, technical articles, short fiction poetry, drama, and literary nonfiction.

Introduction to strategies, techniques, and technologies used by web developers and designers. Teaches how to establish site goals, articulate user needs, improve user experience, produce quality web content, and compose usable web writing. Students learn front-end, back-end, and social-web development and design principles, as well as current web production technologies.


Research Interests

  • Absolute social space
  • Allegory and allegoresis
  • Factory of the dead social
  • Factory of third nature
  • Internetworked production capitals

Select publications

Stan Harrison (2012).
Combined Development, Not Digital Divide
JAC, 32, 83-144.

Stanley Harrison (2008).
Our Cyberbodies, Ourselves: Conceptual Grounds for Teaching Commodities to Write
Plugged In: Technology, Rhetoric and Culture in a Posthuman Age, 41-57.

Stanley Harrison (2007).
Unconscious Writing in the Factory of the Social: A Class Theory of Negative, Allegorical Rhetoric
JAC, 27, 63-103.

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