Associate Professor of Rhetoric • Department of Writing Studies


John Logie
Department of Writing Studies 
Room 206 NCCE

315 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55455

Department Affiliations

    Master of Liberal Studies Program, College of Continuing Education


I joined the Rhetoric faculty of the University of Minnesota 1999, having received my Ph.D. in English in that year from Pennsylvania State University. Along with many of my Rhetoric colleagues, I am now a member of the Department of Writing Studies, housed in the College of Liberal Arts.

My research is focused on the first rhetorical canon, Invention, and involves investigations of rhetorical and literary treatments of authorship and intellectual property. I have a particular interest in Internet-related issues, having published Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion: The Rhetoric of the Peer-to-Peer Debates. My scholarship has also been published in First Monday, Computers and Composition, KBJournal, Rhetoric Review, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and a number of edited volumes.

I'm currently working on a book-length project on the impact of digital media on our understanding of written composition — and composition more generally. 


    Rhetorical Theory 
    Internet Studies
    Visual Rhetoric
    Rhetorical Invention 
    Remix and Mash-up Cultures

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: English, Penn State, University Park, PA, 1999
  • M.A.: English, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1993
  • B.A., Honors English and Creative Writing, University of Michigan, 1983



    Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion: Rhetoric in the Peer-to-Peer Debates. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2006. Available at:

    Book Chapters

    “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning” vs. Copyright 2.0 Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom, Eds. Martine Courant Rife, Sean Slattery, Danielle Nicole DeVoss, Fort Collins, CO: The WAC Clearinghouse, 2011. 149-56.

     “The (Re)Birth of the Composer.” Composition and Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-Making, and the Law. Ed. Steve Westbrook. Albany: SUNY Press, 2009. 175-89 (Invited chapter)


    “Champing at the Bits: Computers, Copyright and the Composition Classroom,” Computers and Composition 15 (1998): 201-14. Rpt. in Computers in the Composition Classroom. Eds. Michelle Sidler, Richard Morris, and Elizabeth Overman Smith. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008. 135-50.

     “Partying Like It’s 1999: On the Napsterization of Cultural Artifacts Via Peer-to-Peer Networks,” in International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. Jason Nolan, Peter Trifonas, and Joel Weiss, eds. Heidelberg: Springer, 2006. 1271-88 (Invited chapter).


    “Parsing Codes: Intellectual Property, Technical Communication, and the World Wide Web,” in TechWeb: Technical Communication in the New Millennium, Michael Day and Carol Lipson, eds., Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 2005. 223-41 (Invited chapter).

     “Cut and Paste: Remixing Composition Pedagogy for Online Workspaces.” in Internet Based Workplace Communication: Industry and Academic Perspectives.Kirk St. Amant and Pavel Zemliansky, eds. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Inc., 2005. 299-316 (Invited chapter).

     “Internet Protests: From Text to Web,” (co-authored with Laura  J. Gurak) in Martha McCaughey and Mike Ayers, eds. Cyberactivism: Online Activism in Theory and Practice. New York: Routledge, 2003. 25-46.


    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

    “1967: The Birth of ‘The Death of the Author’” College English 75.4 (May, 2013) pp. 493-513.

    “Introduction: Marking a Major Milestone.” (co-authored with Lee Humphreys) Information, Communication & Society. 16.3 (March, 2013) pp. 1-4

     “Asked and Answered: On Qualities and Quantities of Answers in Online Q&A Sites” (co-authored with Joseph Weinberg, F. Maxwell Harper, Joseph A. Konstan) Proceedings of the Fifth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (2011). Available at:

     “Question types in social Q&A sites” (co authored with F. Maxwell Harper, Joseph Weinberg, and Joseph A. Konstan) First Monday, 15 (2010). Available at:

     “‘We Write for the Workers’: Authorship and Communism in Kenneth Burke and Richard Wright” KB Journal  1 (2005). Available at:


    “Lost in Translation: The Influence of 20th Century Literary Theory on Plato’s Texts” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 34 (2004) 47-72.

     “‘I Have No Predecessor to Guide My Steps’: Quintilian and the Roman Construction of Authorship” Rhetoric Review 22 (2003): 353-73.

    “A Copyright Cold War? The Polarized Rhetoric of the Peer-to-Peer Debates” First Monday, 8 (2003). Available at:

    “Homestead Acts: Rhetoric and Property in the American West, and on the World Wide Web,” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 32 (2002): 33-59.

     “Champing at the Bits: Computers, Copyright and the Composition Classroom,” Computers and Composition 15 (1998): 201-14. Available at:


    Book Reviews

    Review of The Cultural Life of Intellectual Property, Rosemary Coombe and Standing in the Shadow of Giants, Rebecca Moore Howard in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 31 (2001): 102-05.

    Review of The Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition, ed. Theresa Enos. in Technical Communication Quarterly 7 (1998): 223-6

    Review of Literacy and Computers: The Complications of Teaching and Learning with Technology, eds. Cynthia Selfe and Susan Hilligoss. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 26 (1996): 215-8.


    Editorial Work

    with Lee Humphreys special issue of Information, Communication & Society on Papers from the Association of Internet Researchers Conference 2012. Vol. 16.3 (March, 2013)

    with Dánielle Nicole Devoss, Martine Courant Rife, and Steve Westbrook, special issue of Computers and Composition on “Copyright, Culture, Creativity, and the Commons” 27 (September 2010).

    with Craig Baehr, special issue of Technical Communication Quarterly on "Visual Thinking, Online Documents, and Hypertext" Winter 2005.

    Consalvo, Mia, Nancy Baym, Jeremy Hunsinger, Klaus Bruhn Jensen, John Logie, Monica Murero, and Leslie R. Shade, eds. Internet Research Annual, Volume I: Selected Papers from the Association of Internet Researchers, 2000-2002. Peter Lang, 2003.


    Popular Press

    “The Mother of Concession Speeches” Editorial. Boston Globe 9 Dec. 2000: A23.


    Courses Taught

    • WRIT 8550  Mashing Culture: Rhetoric, Arts, & the Internet
    • WRIT 8550  Rhetoric, Authorship, Copyright, and the Internet
    • WRIT 5776  Major Figures in Rhetorical Tradition: Modern Era
    • WRIT 5671  Visual Rhetoric
    • WRIT 5664  Science Writing for Popular Audiences
    • WRIT 3577  Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet
    • WRIT 3671  Visual Rhetoric and Document Design