Hello, and welcome to my part of the American University College Writing 101 Spring 2017 Mapping Commonplaces Project!
As a class, Professor Hunter Hoskins’ college writing students have created a large digital map of DC, with pins being locations across the city that we’ve been researching. Each location is a ‘commonplace,’ or a central meetingplace that can be connected to hundreds of other things. When I think about a commonplace, I think of a bustling plaza or the heart of a city. That’s why I chose my commonplace to be the neighborhood of Georgetown.
To read more about why I chose Georgetown and to see my final project, Essay 2: Mapping Commonplaces, click here.
A Commonplace Book is a book which includes quotations from other notable works that are repurposed and reimagined in a different context. Part of our writing class included creating our own commonplace book. You can read my entries here.
What guided our class discussions and gave us a basic understanding of the ideas of a commonplace was David Fleming’s book City of Rhetoric: Revitalizing the Public Sphere in Metropolitan America. To see my analysis of certain portions of the book, click here.
Our first essay in the class was Essay 1: Rhetorical Analysis of Text. I read sections of Grace Dunlop Ecker’s A Portrait of Old George Town, which chronicles the history of Georgetown from its beginnings to the early 20th century. To read my first essay, click here.
Along with my Mapping Commonplaces essay, I created a digital archive of various pictures I took and links I found when researching and visiting Georgetown. My sources I reference throughout this website are also all listed here in my annotated bibliography.
Please leave questions and comments on each post! Also, to see other students’ commonplace projects, click on the pins on the map and there should be links posted to each one.