In my dissertation, Toward a Relational Theory of Invention, I argue that rhetorical invention— the constellation of practices and theories involved in discovering or gathering ideas—can be productively theorized as relational. A relational invention is a means of relating to others and to the world; rather than being concerned with origins, it envisions inventive agency as distributed amongst an assemblage of both human and nonhuman actors, like composers, texts, objects, feelings, and sensations. Because it as an emergent method of response, a relational approach to invention invites composers to more closely attune to potentiality and becoming, as well as adapt to and interact with others in an entangled network.



composition forum logoLaVecchia, Christina M. “Toward a Materially Engaged Pedagogy of Listening.” Composition Forum, vol. 35, Spring 2017.


of peerentingLaVecchia, Christina M. “Of Peerenting, Trophy Wives, and Effeminate Men: Modern Family’s Surprisingly Conservative Remediation of the Family Sitcom Genre.” Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion, vol. 6, Spring 2011.


  • How Writing Works coverRepublished in How Writing Works: With Readings. Edited by Jordynn Jack and Katie Rose Guest Pryal, 1st ed., Oxford UP, 2014, pp. 751–6.


man sits at computer editing videoDeWitt, Scott Lloyd, Brian Harmon, Dundee Lackey, and Christina M. LaVecchia. “Techne in 60: The History and Practice of the Concept in 60.” Showcasing the Best of CIWIC/DMAC: Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Digital Environments, edited by Cynthia L. Selfe, Scott Lloyd DeWitt, and Trey Conatser, no. 1, Spring/Summer 2015. Lead contribution to the volume.


LaVecchia, Christima M. “Book Review of Phyllis Mentzell Ryder’s Rhetorics for Community Action: Public Writing and Writing Publics.” Community Literacy Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, Fall 2012, pp. 145–9.


LaVecchia, Christina M. “Teacher Statement on ‘Concept in 60’ Assignment.” Queen City Writers: Showcasing Outstanding Student Work, vol. 3, no.1, 2014.

LaVecchia, Christina, Janine Morris, Carla Sarr, and Jim Ridolfo. “A Report on the 2012–13 Composition and Rhetoric Category of the MLA Job Information List.” Rhetmap: Mapping Rhetoric and Composition, Sept. 2013.

Malek, Joyce, Cynthia Ris, Catherine O’Shea and Christina LaVecchia, editors. Student Guide to English Composition 1001, 2012-2014. Hayden-McNeil, 2012.