JAMES PAUL GEEMary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor at Arizona State University
James Paul Gee
James Paul Gee writes poetry as the “spirit” moves him, not as an academic, but as an older human being who, like all old people, can see the face of death, the value of life, and the need to imagine and implement new and better worlds for all creatures, human and otherwise.
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JAMES PAUL GEE
Jim Gee was born in San Jose, California in 1948. He was raised a devote Catholic and attended a seminary for 5 years, starting at the age of 13. He received his PhD in linguistics in 1975 from Stanford University. He has written and taught in a wide variety of areas, including syntactic theory, psycholinguistics, literary stylistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, literacy studies, ASL linguistics, deaf education, learning theory, and digital media, with an emphasis on video games and learning.
He has taught and been tenured at six different colleges and held three endowed chairs. He is currently the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor at Arizona State University. He loves nature and birding, and abhors the disrespect we humans have shown our world and each other.
Jim Gee writes poetry as the “spirit” moves him, not as an academic, but as an older human being who, like all old people, can see the face of death, the value of life, and the need to imagine and implement new and better worlds for all creatures, human and otherwise. For more information, visit his website.
“Jim Gee is one of the leading world figures in the field of language and literacy, so it is exciting to see him reflecting on a creative lifespan and adding poetic genre to his already so prominent academic writing.” – Brian Street, Kings College, London University.
“Jim Gee is one of the great thinkers of our time.” – Allan Collins, author of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology
In an act of courage Jim Gee takes his armor off, and brutally honest, he peals back the layers, until all contrivance has left him and he appears before us vulnerable on the page. Sometime cynical, sometime searing, at times gut wrenching, Gee’s poems are of heart, mind, soul. Filled with pathos and humor they have the power to turn us inside out and make us think about our own lives, about our relationships with each other, about our covenants with religion, and about our passivity in dealing with the government and bureaucracies. These are poems not only for quiet contemplation, but also poems to be shared. There is enough in them to keep a conversation going in a class in the humanities or sciences for an entire semester, and the issues raised about the politics and ethics of representation, the demands of official ideologies, and the inexplicable human capacity for good and evil, are more than enough to keep us all conscious of the increasing dehumanization of the age in which we live.