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





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.

Explores copywriting theories, principles, and techniques. Students will learn to compose within a variety of copywriting genres, such as space advertising, brochures, sales letters, radio scripts, and interactive advertising.

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.

Theory and practice of teaching secondary English in its three dominant areas of reading, writing, and rhetorical analysis of literary works. Special focus will be upon how students acquire language and theoretical skills within the complex milieu of classrooms and how teachers can enhance that learning by translating sound theory into a broad range of learning activities and classroom strategies. This course is required for certification in secondary English teaching in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Theories on reading and writing and their application to practice in the English Language Arts classroom. The course covers current pedagogical theories and methods in writing and reading. The range of topics vary and may include units on the social activity of writing and reading; media - analysis, production, and impact on literary study; and the role of inquiry in literary study and writing about literature.

An in-depth writing workshop focusing on various topics in professional writing. The type of writing taught during a particular semester will vary, depending on student interests, faculty research and publication, or the strengths of visiting writers. Possible topics include approaches to writing novels, short stories, screenplays or poetry, editorial, feature, how-to environmental and other forms of journalistic writing; free-lance writing; and special topics in technical and professional writing.


Online and Continuing Education Courses

The Communication and Literacy Skills test consists of two subtests: reading and writing. The reading subtest contains multiple-choice items and word meaning (vocabulary) items. The writing subtest contains four sections: written summary, written composition, grammar and usage, and written mechanics. Areas covered include the comprehension and analysis of readings; development of ideas in essay form on specific topics; outlining and summarizing; interpretation of tables and graphs; and mastery of vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics. No textbooks are required but handouts and booklet will be provided.
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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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