Thanks so much for the responses, Laura and dr — they’re really helpful. I hadn’t come across Bruffee, so I’ll look into his work; I did, though, just read Ede and Lunsford’s “Collaboration and Concepts of Authorship” (PMLA 116.2 [March 2001]: 354-69).
The sense of letting go of ego that you mention, Laura, is a big part of what I’m trying to get at in this brief section, the need in networked writing environments for us not just to theorize the decentered author but actually to decenter ourselves in practice, to let go of some of the individualistic notions we cling to in the ways we approach writing. This is not to say that the should enforce a new collectivist regime of co-authorship — far from it — but that, even where the collaborations take the form of digital writing groups (ranging from blog posts and comments to more elaborated forms of conversational publishing), these forms will necessitate that we find ways to relax our grip on “our” ideas and texts. (But certainly not in order to become “more” productive! The previous section of the chapter focuses on letting go of such bottom-line-accounting-oriented modes of approaching writing, and instead focusing on, and revealing, process and development.)
Sadly, I think I have to move on to the next section of the chapter today, but I’m looking forward to returning to these ideas when I work my way back through the whole. Thanks again!