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Steven Wexler

Steven  Wexler Associate Professor
PhD (2006) University of Louisville
Office: Sierra Tower Room, 732
Phone: Telephone: (818) 677-5694
Email: steven.wexler@csun.edu
Web Site: http://www.csun.edu/english/profile.php?id=34

Office Hours

None submitted for this semester.


I received my Ph.D. from the University of Louisville and B.A. from Syracuse University. My research and teaching interests include philosophy, rhetoric, cultural studies, digital writing, science, and film. Prior to coming to CSUN, I served as Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at Rollins College, Research Associate in Medical Genetics at Columbia University, and held full-time and freelance positions in publishing and advertising. I'm currently working on a book titled The Global ContractThe Global Contract examines the relation between culture, politics, and economic life in late capitalism through pragmatist philosophy of language (Sellars, Brandom) and historical materialism (Braverman, Harvey). The book aims to answer two important, overlapping questions: How does the inferential and material reciprocity in risk management make risk ethical and rational for capital? How does the financialization of daily life (Martin) shape the ostensible social contract for laboring bodies transnationally?



"Bicycle!" Toys. Special issue of SPECS: Journal of Art and Culture 3.1 (2010): 178-90.
"Rhetoric, Literacy, and Social Change in Post-Mao China." College Composition and Communication 60.4 (2009): 808-26.

"The Science of Academic Freedom." Invited contribution. Special issue: Academic Freedom and Intellectual Activism in the Post-9/11 UniversityWorks and Days 51-54. 26-27 (2009): 389-98.

“(I'm)Material Labor in the Digital Age.” Guest editor and contributor, Mental Labor issue. Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor 15 (2008): 1-11. Web. 

"Beyond the Knowledge Factory: A Review of David B. Downing's The Knowledge Contract: Politics and Paradigms in the Academic Workplace." Studies in the Humanities 33.1 (2006): 1-31.
"Review of How Class Works: Power and Social Movement by Stanley Aronowitz." Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor 6.2 (2004). Web.

"Terminal Narcissus and the Posthuman: Reflexivity and Augmentation Through the Hypertext Mirror."  Kairos 7.3 (2002). Web.

"Freedom in Frankenstein: What We Can Learn from a Marcusian Monster."  Proceedings of the Image of the Outsider in Literature, Media, and Society: Selected Papers. Ed. Will Wright and Steven Kaplan. Pueblo: Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery and the University of Southern Colorado, 2002.  67-71.

With Sarah Edgington. "Bibliography of Critical Work on James and Film."  Henry James Goes to the Movies.  Ed. Susan M. Griffin.  Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 2001.  359-65.

Work in Progress:

Book ms. The Global Contract. 

Chapter. “Wittgenstein.”  Interpretation: Theory: History. Invited chapter for a prospective book on theory in its historical contexts.





Sample Courses

ENGL 654 Advanced Topics in Rhetoric and Composition: The Politics of Information

ENGL 654 Advanced Topics in Rhetoric and Composition: Rhetoric of Science

ENGL 651 Rhetorical Theory and Composition

ENGL 650 Twentieth-Century Rhetoric

ENGL 638 Seminar in Critical Approaches to Literature

ENGL 630 Rise of the Novel

ENGL 495esm Multigenre Literacy in a Global Context

ENGL 436 Major Critical Theories

ENGL 313 Popular Culture

ENGL 312 Literature and Film: Woody Allen

ENGL 313 Literature and Film: The Dystopian Imaginary

ENGL 114A Stretch Composition

ENGL 114B Stretch Composition