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Open: A Narrative Criticism, Suzanne Christine Matzenauer 2010 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Open: A Narrative Criticism, Suzanne Christine Matzenauer

Communication Studies

How did Andre Agassi overcome his battle with depression and struggles with the media and the pressure he put on himself? Andre eventually found ways to conquer his demons and eventually love himself and the support group around him. In this paper, I am going to explain the struggles Andre dealt with from childhood to the bad choices he made when he hit rock bottom. Then I am going to explain how he overcame these obstacles to become one of the greatest athletes to conquer his demons and eventually was able to educate thousands of young children and teach them ...


Ua3/1/4 President's Office-Cherry Speeches & Publications, WKU Archives 2010 Western Kentucky University

Ua3/1/4 President's Office-Cherry Speeches & Publications, Wku Archives

WKU Archives Collection Inventories

Addresses, chapel talks, notes and educational and political speeches written and delivered by Henry Hardin Cherry and others typed on loose leaf pages. There are also quotations, reports, wills, correspondence and a political cartoon. Many items have no attribution as to author or source. Other authors include A.C. Burton, A.W. Mell, Mattie McLean and J.S. Dickey. Some items are repeated throughout the series and others have been edited. Volume 5 has been digitized for use by researchers.


What We Talk About When We Talk About Talking: Ethos At Work In An Online Community, Quinn Warnick 2010 Iowa State University

What We Talk About When We Talk About Talking: Ethos At Work In An Online Community, Quinn Warnick

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation explores the rhetorical concept of ethos as it functions in contemporary online communities, via a case study of one successful online community, MetaFilter.com. A year-long virtual ethnography of MetaFilter demonstrates that understanding ethos as it functions online requires a multilayered definition that accounts for the traditional notion of ethos as vir bonus, the strict Aristotelian conception of ethos as textual element, and the pre-Aristotelian idea of ethos as "gathering place." It also documents the unique strategies employed by digital rhetors to establish and maintain their individual ethos, evaluate the ethos of their interlocutors, and shape the collective ...


Good Iowa Boy, Lonnie E. Carrick 2010 Iowa State University

Good Iowa Boy, Lonnie E. Carrick

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

"Good Iowa Boy" is a story of the intersection of place and personal identity. It provides a series of snapshots of the author's life growing up in Iowa and coming to terms with his adult identity as a gay man.


Rhetorics Of Pain: Agency And Regulation In The Medical-Industrial Complex, Samuel Scott Graham 2010 Iowa State University

Rhetorics Of Pain: Agency And Regulation In The Medical-Industrial Complex, Samuel Scott Graham

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation explores the rhetorical mechanisms of agency and regulation in the medical-industrial complex. It presents the results of over two years of ethnographic observation and interviews with a multidisciplinary pain management organization. Additionally, it interrogates two broader cases of agency and regulation in pain science: 1) the debate over the nature of the sinus headache and 2) the debate surrounding the legitimacy of the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia. Following recent theoretical work in rhetorical studies, this dissertation argues that the rhetoric of pain science corroborates recent theoretical suggestions that the exercise of both agency and regulation is predicated on ...


The Healing Cane, Melanny L. Cowley 2010 Iowa State University

The Healing Cane, Melanny L. Cowley

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Evaluating the concept of church and patriarchy within the Mormon (LDS) church, raises many questions about how such practices shape or mold attitudes and perceptions of environment. A close examination of a male-dominated authority system within a cultural context creates many underlying negative effects such as loss of self-esteem, powerlessness and the facilitation of abuse within relationships. A closed system of faith and support of leaders creates a great deal of personal conflict without granting any avenues to explore or rectify such conflicts.

The Healing Cane is aimed at raising the level of consciousness towards church and patriarchy. We live ...


The Maximalist Transformation Of The Female Immigrant Identity In Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine And The Holder Of The World, Lauren D. Hazenson 2010 Iowa State University

The Maximalist Transformation Of The Female Immigrant Identity In Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine And The Holder Of The World, Lauren D. Hazenson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Bharati Mukherjee's novels Jasmine and The Holder of the World mark the beginning of what would become Mukherjee's trademark style, which she coins "maximalism". This literary analysis explores maximalism and the unique implications this writing style has on the role of the female immigrant in American culture. Maximalism's widely inclusive and detailed juxtaposes texts, people, and environments that are seemingly polarized due to class, race, traditions, religions or national identity in way that calls into question their differences. The overlapping concepts in the novels discourage social categorization and grant marginalized female immigrant characters the agency to pick ...


Technology-Enhanced Blended Language Learning In An Esl Class: A Description Of A Model And An Application Of The Diffusion Of Innovations Theory, Maja Grgurovic 2010 Iowa State University

Technology-Enhanced Blended Language Learning In An Esl Class: A Description Of A Model And An Application Of The Diffusion Of Innovations Theory, Maja Grgurovic

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Blended learning, a combination of face-to-face and online instruction, is seen as one of the most important advancements of this century and a natural evolution of the learning agenda (Thorne, 2003). Blended learning studies that compared traditional and blended foreign language classes showed no significant differences in learner outcomes and indicated student satisfaction with their learning experience. However, these studies did not allow for a sufficient description of what actually happens in an environment of a blended learning class because they lacked information about a number of characteristics such as teaching materials and methods, patterns of interaction, and participant roles ...


Someday, When I Lived In Frost, Joseph Edmund Brekke 2010 Iowa State University

Someday, When I Lived In Frost, Joseph Edmund Brekke

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Someday, when I lived in Frost is a collection of personal essays about a young man growing up in Southern Minnesota in the 1980s and '90s. Part memoir, part family history, the essays explore the complex relationships between family members living 100 miles and a world apart. Set primarily in the author's hometown of Rochester and Frost, the small farming community where his parents were born and raised, the essays chronicle the author's attempts to connect his rural roots with his suburban, liberal arts college experience. Interviews with relatives offer oral histories of Depression-era folk music in northern ...


Negotiation Of Meaning In Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication (Cmc): The Role Of Online Chat In Second Language Vocabulary Development, Xuan Teng 2010 Iowa State University

Negotiation Of Meaning In Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication (Cmc): The Role Of Online Chat In Second Language Vocabulary Development, Xuan Teng

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This experimental study investigates the effects of task-based synchronous computer-mediated communication (CMC) on learners' negotiation of meaning during online chat sessions and on learners' development in second language (L2) vocabulary. More specifically, this study attempts to address (a) whether a synchronous CMC task seeded with largely unknown vocabulary elicits a greater amount of negotiation than the amounts documented in prior CMC research, (b) How learners carry out computer-mediated negotiation in performing this task and, (c) whether these negotiation facilitate mutual comprehension and retention of the new lexical items. Data analyses and results based on the chat logs produced by 20 ...


Humanizing The Humvee: Personification Techniques And Visual Rhetoric As Used In A U.S. Army Technical Comic Book, Eugene Bradley Simmons 2010 Iowa State University

Humanizing The Humvee: Personification Techniques And Visual Rhetoric As Used In A U.S. Army Technical Comic Book, Eugene Bradley Simmons

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Since 1951, the U.S. Army has published PS, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly, a magazine that teaches soldiers to maintain field equipment. Rhetorical strategies used by PS's writers and artists have varied at times: First, they used exemplum, a moralized tale with a character named Joe Dope. After the Army disapproved of Joe Dope, PS abounded with depictions of scantily-clad females to gain soldiers' attention. When such depictions of women became objectionable in the 1980s, writers added more anthropomorphized machines. To analyze the increasing prominence of anthropomorphized machines within PS, I randomly chose 28 issues, tallied their numbers, and ...


Rationale For Magneto: Testament, Brian Kelley 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Rationale For Magneto: Testament, Brian Kelley

SANE journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education

A rationale for teaching the graphic novel Magneto:Testament in secondary schools.


Review Of Teaching Graphic Novels, By Katie Monnin, Susan Spangler 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Review Of Teaching Graphic Novels, By Katie Monnin, Susan Spangler

SANE journal: Sequential Art Narrative in Education

No abstract provided.


Existing Off The Map: Reading Stein And Barnes As Hybrid Architects, Marc Patrick Malone 2010 Iowa State University

Existing Off The Map: Reading Stein And Barnes As Hybrid Architects, Marc Patrick Malone

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Countless scholarly works have been devoted to the modernist movement and, more specifically, to Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas and Djuna Barnes's Nightwood. The notion of hybridity, however, has remained largely absent from published works about these texts. This project seeks to uncover hybrid elements from these two texts as well as determine some of the implications of their hybridity. I begin the analysis by exploring the links between Gloria Anzaldya's Borderlands, Adrienne Rich's "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence," and Judith Butler's Gender Trouble. Together these three writers' theories offer a working ...


Place-Based Social Action In The Multimodal Communication Classroom: A Qualitative Study Of An English 250 Class, Thomas Lindsley 2010 Iowa State University

Place-Based Social Action In The Multimodal Communication Classroom: A Qualitative Study Of An English 250 Class, Thomas Lindsley

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Working from the assumption that the composition curriculum is an ideal place for communication assignments focused on public writing within a local place, I've created a qualitative research study to explore ways to involve first-year composition students in social action projects that 1) help students connect local problems with an understanding of broader, systemic causes, and that 2) ask students to engage in and critically reflect on their ability to effect change on their college campus or in their local community through small, local actions using multimodal communication strategies. This study adds to the conversation about alternatives to service-learning ...


How We Were Not Sparrows, Sara Marie Richardson Perez 2010 Iowa State University

How We Were Not Sparrows, Sara Marie Richardson Perez

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

How We Were Not Sparrows is collection of numbered pieces that create lyrics essays on topics related to girlhood, womanhood and the expectations heaped upon the idea of both. My goal was to create a collection of pieces which when placed against or toward one another make something larger and also create surprising connections. I like to think about the finished work like an Advent calendar with miniature boxes that open to reveal a tiny picture of a mouse or a chocolate, full of bits that keep unfolding to expose another layer. Each essay includes a variety of perspectives interspersed ...


The Global Horizons Of Professional Communication: Critical Theoretical Approaches To The Discipline's Emerging Cultural Issues, Richard Peter Hunsinger 2010 Iowa State University

The Global Horizons Of Professional Communication: Critical Theoretical Approaches To The Discipline's Emerging Cultural Issues, Richard Peter Hunsinger

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Within the field of intercultural professional communication, the concept of culture has been a professional and ideological cornerstone that has structured the field's research, practice, and pedagogy. Culture is used to isolate or label the differing communicational assumptions and practices among the world's diverse audiences, while culture defines the research questions; research sites; and the social, political, economic, and historical aspects of the globalizing world that are considered relevant for examination.

However, the importance given to culture often exceeds the concept's actual usefulness. Culture tends to eclipse other variables that nevertheless shape an audience's identities and ...


Radical Saints And Conservative Churches: Cynewulf's Juliana In Its Cultural Context, Kimberly Joy Tanner 2010 Iowa State University

Radical Saints And Conservative Churches: Cynewulf's Juliana In Its Cultural Context, Kimberly Joy Tanner

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Cynewulf's poem, Juliana, relates the story of a female saint who is remarkably independent and authoritative, denying any obligation to follow legal, cultural, or familial expectations that conflict with her understanding of her Christian faith. Historical evidence indicates that Juliana and stories like it enjoyed wide promotion from the ninth-century English church and wide veneration from many different kinds of people. However, the church itself did not advocate the radicalism Juliana seems to promote. Instead it was conservative, interested in maintaining its influence and the status quo rather than in promoting independent practices of faith. The question emerges: how ...


Immersion Through Technology, Kristina Marie Daggett 2010 Iowa State University

Immersion Through Technology, Kristina Marie Daggett

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study examined whether second language (L2) vocabulary could be learned receptively when a familiar technology's language interface was changed to a learner's L2. More specifically, this study analyzed beginner level Spanish language learners who switched their language interface on Google's email system, Gmail, from their native language to Spanish. To ascertain what vocabulary words were learned receptively through interacting with the Gmail interface in the L2, a pretest with 25 target words (5 of them distractors) was administered to assess the participants' knowledge prior to interacting with the L2 interface. Two weeks later, following the participants ...


Power And Its Price: Female Roles And The Consequences Of Gaining Agency In Toni Morrison's Beloved And Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres, Kristin Sue Daniel 2010 Iowa State University

Power And Its Price: Female Roles And The Consequences Of Gaining Agency In Toni Morrison's Beloved And Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres, Kristin Sue Daniel

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Toni Morrison's Beloved and Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres appear different on the surface but are actually quite alike. The similarities can be discovered by analyzing the protagonists, Sethe and Ginny, inspecting their female roles, and understanding the trauma they have suffered. Withstanding trauma causes Sethe and Ginny to define and perform their roles in an extreme way, and struggling and surviving gives them strength. Power and independence, however, have severe consequences as each woman becomes capable of murdering the person she loves the most. This thesis explores how Sethe and Ginny gain power and the consequences of ...


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