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Opening New Media to Writing: Openings and Justifications

Anne Wysocki Utah State University Press ePub

openings & justifications

Anne Frances Wysocki

Do you miss that thick richly-printed rug that (apparently) used to be under your feet, the one into which (for at least several of the past centuries, as various theorists describe it) you could lose yourself in contemplation of its well-ordered and contained patterns? It’s the rug that was pulled out from under you (and from under all the rest of us who teach writing in one form or another) within the last 15-20 years, predicted and described and shaped in words like those in the following quotation, from Jay Bolter some ten years ago now, from the introduction to the first edition of Writing Space, where Bolter claimed that “the printed book”

seems destined to move to the margin of our literate culture. The issue is not whether print technology will completely disappear; books may long continue to be printed for certain kinds of texts and for luxury consumption. But the idea and the ideal of the book will change: print will no longer define the organization and presentation of knowledge, as it has for the past five centuries. This shift from print to the computer does not mean the end of literacy. What will be lost is not literacy itself, but the literacy of print, for electronic technology offers us a new kind of book and new ways to read and write. (2)

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CHAPTER FIVE San Diego: Company B Makes Friends

Norma Ricketts Utah State University Press ePub

Although the Mormon Battalion reached San Diego January 29, 1847, without firing a single shot at the enemy, it would be another year before the war ended officially with the capture of Mexico City. But in California the conquest was complete; there would be no fighting. The battalion served in peacetime garrisons in San Diego and Los Angeles.

All was not peaceful, however. For several months Stockton, Frémont, and Kearny bickered over who was the supreme American authority in California. Stockton refused to acknowledge Kearny’s authority and withdrew navy and marine detachments from the general’s command. General Kearny and Lieutenant Colonel Frémont met in Los Angeles on January 17. Because he had accepted Commodore Stockton’s commission appointing him governor of California the previous day, Frémont refused to obey Kearny’s orders. Kearny asked Frémont to cease reorganizing the civil government; Frémont refused, insisting he was under Stockton’s orders.1

Frémont made Los Angeles his capital and stationed his troops, the California Volunteers, at San Gabriel, about eight miles northeast of Los Angeles. Exasperated, General Kearny wrote to Adjutant General Roger Jones in Washington relating Frémont’s refusal to obey his orders and explained, “as I have no troops in the country under my authority, excepting a few dragoons, I have no power of enforcing them.”2

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10. PANICOIDEAE Link

Mary E. Barkworth Utah State University Press ePub
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Terry Tempest Williams and Ona Siporin: A Conversation Ona Siporin, Western American Literature, 1996

Michael Austin Utah State University Press ePub

William Stafford once wrote:

Justice will take us millions of intricate moves.

The intricate moves of Terry Tempest Williams in her efforts towards environmental justice are to turn the kaleidoscope ninety degrees, to listen to a shell (Pieces of White Shell), to translate the calligraphy of herons in flight (An Unspoken Hunger), to name the snows (The Secret Language of Snow), and to trace the rapid unraveling of the lives of the women in her family (Refuge). Time spent with Williams reveals a woman whose intriguing power, determination, and ambition remain half-obscured by seeming contradictions.

In late April of this year, at the request of Western American Literature, I drove up canyon out of Salt Lake and introduced myself at Terry’s door. She showed me into a living room where we sat by the windows and talked. I wanted to hear how Terry would situate herself. Perhaps it should seem obvious. She is the naturalist-in-residence at the Utah Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City, has a master’s degree in environmental education, and has won the Southwest Book Award. In her many works it is clear that her concerns are with the Great Basin and the deserts.

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CHAPTER VI.

Fanny Stenhouse Utah State University Press ePub

We return to England—How Polygamy was taught there—The Girls happy—The Wives miserable—General Effects of the Doctrine—A Runaway Wife—How she acted in Haste and repented at Leisure—A Mother leaves her Babes—A Lady is “counselled” to emigrate without her Husband—Follies of certain Elders—Polygamic “Poetry!”

WE returned to England in November, 1854, with the intention of leaving for Utah in the following spring. Until the period of emigration arrived, we went to reside in the house of the President of the London Conference,1 and it was at that time that I first began seriously to doubt the truth of Mormonism. I gradually became convinced, though I could scarcely explain how, that there was something wrong, something that I did not understand, underlying the whole system. I began to realize that there was more of frail humanity about it than of the pure and holy religion that I had believed it to be; for the reader must remember that, however much I was opposed to Polygamy, it never once entered my thoughts to question that it was a pure and religious principle.

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