Surveying the Body Electric

or: How Voyeurism Transforms Audience & E-Valuation

by Tim Krause
Purdue University


E-valuation is an act of authorship, an act of assigning meaning to our students' writing through our comments and grades.

The World Wide Web allows us to consider how e-valuation, as authorship, functions within the interstices of networks, be they of cameras or of student essays. Through the techniques of appropriation and inversion, this essay considers how the activities of surveillance, voyeurism, and exhibitionism change our definitions of authorship. And it asks us to consider how those same three terms redefine the e-valuation of student writing by arguing that, as teachers of writing, we need to reconsider the power we enact and serve in our grading techniques.

This web was peer-reviewed by Eric Crump and Jeff Galin of the Kairos  Editorial Board.

Contact Tim Krause
About the Author
Tim Krause is a doctoral student in the Department of English at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Currently at Purdue, he is Interim Co-Director of Business Writing and is researching the impact of the WW on theories of authorship and evaluation

Enter the Archived Version of this Hypertext Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments.
Vol. 1 No. 3 Fall 1996