This editorial introducing the special issue, “Writing across: Tracing transliteracies as becoming across time, space, and settings,” argues that research and theories on writing have too often focused on writing in, whether writing in particular physical locations (writing in a classroom, in a workplace) or writing in more metaphorical or virtual spaces (writing in a discipline, in an online community). The articles in this special issue focus on theory, methods, and cases of writing across. The transliteracies perspective we take involves not only attention to how writing travels, but also to the fact that writing is a synecdochal (part-for-whole) representation of the full semiotic activity that necessarily is entangled in any act of writing. Finally, we argue in this editorial that it is crucial to view writing across as not just about communication or representation, but as the ongoing becoming of both people and sociomaterial worlds.
- Dialogic theory
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