Cruel Auteurism: Affective Digital Mediations Toward Film-Composition

This book articulates some of the rhetorical dimensions and pedagogical implications of film work in writing classrooms and as digital scholarship. Cruel Auteurism: Affective Digital Mediations toward Film-Composition characterizes our investments in digital filmmaking as engaging rhetorical practice. Using affect theorist Lauren Berlant's concept of "cruel optimism" to articulate the findings of my archival, analytical, and experiential methods, the book describes a cultural shift within the discipline, from the primacy of print based arguments, through an evolving desire to generate cinematic rhetorics, toward increasingly visible forms of textual practice currently shaping composition classrooms and digital scholarship.