Podcast Paralysis

Inventing the University in the Twenty-First Century


  • Aimee Pozorski Central Connecticut University




composition, pedagogy, podcasts, technology, university


Drawing on David Bartholomae’s 1985 essay, “Inventing the University” (Bartholomae, 1985), this article argues that college instructors should not readily assume that students would grasp technological innovation in the classroom and improve as writers because of it. Before co-opting students’ favorite devices such as iPods, iPads, and social networking sites as the way to reach them in the classroom, instructors should first reflect on the costs and benefits of such an arrangement.

Author Biography

Aimee Pozorski, Central Connecticut University

Aimee Pozorski (Ph.d. English, Emory University) is Associate Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, where she teaches contemporary American literature and trauma theory. She is author of Roth and Trauma: The Problem of History in the Later Works (1995–2010) (continuum, 2011) and has a second book in progress with continuum, Falling After 9–11: American Art and Literature in Crisis. She co-edited with miriam Jaffe-Foger a special issue of Philip roth Studies, “mourning Zuckerman.” Her essays have appeared in The Hemingway Review, Paideuma, Philip Roth Studies, MELUS, PostModern Culture, and ANQ.



How to Cite

Pozorski, A. (2014). Podcast Paralysis: Inventing the University in the Twenty-First Century. Writing & Pedagogy, 5(2), 189–201. https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.v5i2.189



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