WordItOut-word-cloud-1465176“It’s like writing yourself into a co-dependent relationship with someone who doesn’t even want you!” Emotional Labor, Intimacy, and the Academic Job Market in Rhetoric and Composition

Drawing on 48 interviews with individuals who participated on the academic job market in rhetoric and composition between 2010 and 2015, this essay shows how conceptualizing the academic job search as an intimate endeavor can offer insights for understanding the rhetorical production of affective binds within institutional contexts.