Project Overview

Tracing the evolution and impact of Alexander Melville Bell’s “Visible Speech,” a system of “universal shorthand,” in relation to Pitmanic and other shorthand systems, to emerging nineteenth century information and communications technologies (ICTs), particularly Alexander Graham Bell’s research related to the telephone, and to the foundation of the first college composition program in the United States at Harvard College in the 1870s, “(Re) Mediating Alphabetic Language” is one section of a research project in writing and media studies dedicated to understanding the complex functions and dynamics of new media literacies. The project seeks to illuminate the early history of college writing programs in the U.S. and explore their interconnections with both old and new ICTs.