Computers and Composition: An International Journal for Teachers of Writing invites contributions to a special issue on

This issue of Computers and Composition will address the ways gender affects how teachers, scholars, and students of writing practice and think about computers and composition. Gender--whether defined by biology, historical process, or a combination of the two--has often been cited as an influence on men's and women's relationship to technology: it conditions their attitudes toward computers, their software preferences, their behavior on discussion lists, and their level of access, among other things. At the same time, gender is sometimes said to influence a writer's use of language, and similarly, a student's experience in the classroom. What, then, happens when technology, writing, and pedagogy come together? What role does gender studies play in the discipline of computers and composition?

I encourage submissions on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to the following:

* gendered language in cyberspace
* male and female identity in online communities
* the physical body in virtual space
* gay and lesbian issues in computers and composition
* men and women on the Internet and World Wide Web
* software as a gendered artifact
* men and women as computers-and-composition professionals
* the effect of gender on computers and composition as a discipline
* male and female students in computer-enhanced writing classes
* impact of gender on the design of computer products
* the computer-based writing classroom and feminist pedagogy
* computers, composition, and gay/lesbian or feminist activism
* equal access to technology
* feminist or queer theory and technology

The audience for Computers and Composition is teachers, scholars, educational administrators, and technology users with a particular interest in computer-enhanced writing instruction. Manuscripts should be 15-30 pages long, double-spaced, and follow the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.


Drafts of manuscripts will be due December 1, 1997
Final manuscripts will be due March 1, 1998

Send queries or questions to

Lisa Gerrard, Guest Editor
Computers and Composition: An International Journal for Teachers of Writing
FAX: (310) 267-2224
UCLA Writing Programs
271 Kinsey Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095