Studying L2 writers' digital writing: An argument for post-critical methods

Kevin Eric De Pew, Susan Kay Miller

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Because the fields of digital writing and second language (L2) writing both have rich methodological traditions, researchers designing a study that examines issues at the intersection of these two fields have multiple methodological traditions to draw upon. Recognizing the choices that researchers face, we advocate adopting post-critical methodologies, as articulated by Patricia Sullivan and James E. Porter for these digital/L2 inquiries. A post-critical approach, we believe, enhances these studies by emphasizing their interdisciplinary and ideological nature. After defining what a post-critical methodology entails, we connect it to recent research trends in digital writing, L2 writing, and L2 studies. To help future researchers design digital/L2 writing studies, we explain the implications of these approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-278
Number of pages20
JournalComputers and Composition
Issue number3 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Digital writing
  • Post-critical methodology
  • Research
  • Second language studies
  • Second language writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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