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Haynes, Cynthia Ann

Haynes, Cynthia Ann

Professor, rhetoric and composition

Office: 806 Strode
Phone: (864) 656-3040

RhetComp, Critical Theory, Games Studies, Terrorism & Conflict

Ph.D. Humanities (concentration: Rhetoric & Composition), University of Texas, Arlington; M.A., B.A., University of Texas, Arlington

Research Interests
Rhetoric, Composition, Critical Theory, Games Studies, Violence, Terrorism and Conflict

Cynthia Haynes is Director of First-Year Composition and Professor of English. Her research interests are rhetoric, composition, multimodal pedagogy, virtual worlds, critical theory, computer games studies, and the rhetoric of war and terrorism. She co-chairs the RCID PhD program Games/Cinema Colloquium. Her recent book, The Homesick Phone Book: Addressing Rhetoric in the Age of Perpetual Conflict (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016) won the 2017 Rhetoric Society of America annual book prize. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Unalienable Rites: The Architecture of Mass Rhetoric.

Thomas Green Clemson Award for Excellence (Faculty) (2018)
Holman Research Award (English Department, 2018)
University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award (URSAAA) Inaugural Class (2018)
Rhetoric Society of America Annual Book Prize (2017)
Journal of Advance Composition (JAC) best article for “Writing Offshore: The Disappearing Coastline of Composition Theory” )2003)

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

The Homesick Phone Book: Addressing Rhetoric in the Age of Perpetual Conflict (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016)

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Paralogical Publics: EnCountering anOther Counterpublic” forthcoming in Carolina Rhetoric Conference Proceedings 2018.

“Thinking Across the Neck: Playing Slide with Fret/work Blues.” Currents in Electronic Literacy (2011) ( 

“Facing the Faraway Nearby.” JAC 28.3-4 (2008). [published in 2010]

“Casuistic Code” in From A to : Keywords in HTML and Writing. eds. Jeffrey Rice and Bradley Dilger. University of Minnesota Press (2010).

“Post-Conflict Pedagogy: Writing in the Stream of Hearing” forthcoming in Beyond Post-Process Pedagogy. ed. Sid Dobrin. Utah State University Press (2010).

“Torture and Absolution: The Shadow Twin Towers of Atro/City” Fast Capitalism 4.1. 2008 (

“In Visible Texts: Memory, MOOs, and Momentum” in The Locations of Composition. SUNY Press, 2007. 55-70.

“Learning by Heart: Memory, MOOs, and Morphology,” Changing Language Education through CALL. London: Routledge, 2006. 197-228.

“Armageddon Army: Playing God, God Mode Mods, and the Rhetorical Task of Ludology” in Games and Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media 1.1 (January 2006). 89-96.

“Writing Offshore: The Disappearing Coastline of Composition Theory” JAC. 23.4 (Winter 2003).

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

“Sacred Passages, Rhetorical Passwords: Why Holy Wars are Unholy” forthcoming in Responding to the Sacred: An Inquiry into the Limits of Rhetoric (eds. Michael Bernard-Donals and Kyle Jensen; Penn State University Press, 2019)

Edited Journals

Guest Edited journal – Special issue of Pre/Text on Geoffrey Sirc (2019)

Co-editor – High Wired Redux special issue of CyberText Yearbook Database (with Jan Holmevik), August 2013 (published by University of Jyväskylä, Finland).