Dr. Hannah J. Rule is a Composition and Rhetoric specialist in the the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in first-year writing, writing and embodiment, survey of composition studies, and the teaching of writing.
Rule's research focuses primarily on composition studies and pedagogies. Her current book project, Seeing Writing Processes: Teaching Writing as Physical and Improvisational, asks how conceptualizing writing processes as emplaced physical activity in real-time can reshape contemporary writing instruction to nurture context-sensitivity, on-the-spot learning, and writing as relational and improvisational. Her scholarship more broadly takes up pedagogical topics including freewriting, multimodality, rhetorical grammar, and expressivism, appearing in venues including Composition Forum, Composition Studies, Computers and Composition Online, and CEA Critic.
Her most recent publication, "Sensing the Sentence: an Embodied Simulation Approach to Rhetorical Grammar," appearing in Composition Studies 45.1, draws together insights from embodied composition, disability studies, neuroscience and linguistics to argue for simulation methods--processes of understanding language through motor, sensory, and visual modalities of the body--as an approach to rhetorical grammar instruction.
Her most recent presentation at the UNCC University Writing Program Conference, "Annotation as Writing Practice" (click to download the handout and Powerpoint slides) constructs annotation not as simply a private reflection of reading or cognition, but reimagines it broadly as a writing method that can found and unify read-write practices across a writing course.
With Cydney Alexis, Rule is also at work on developing an edited collection, tentatively titled The Material Culture of Writing, that focuses on the intersection of writing studies and material culture studies. The call for proposals is available here.