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Educating For Democracy: Reviving Rhetoric In The General Education Curriculum, David M. Stock Aug 2005

Educating For Democracy: Reviving Rhetoric In The General Education Curriculum, David M. Stock

Theses and Dissertations

This study is, in part, a response to arguments that claim higher education fails to prepare students with fundamental communication skills necessary for everyday life and indicative of "educated" persons. Though the validity of such arguments is contestable, they nonetheless reflect fundamental inadequacies in current educational theories and practices that have evolved over centuries of curricular, cultural, and socioeconomic change. Current theories and practices in higher education, specifically general education, reflect a misunderstanding of both the purpose of education in a democracy and the role of the liberal arts, specifically rhetoric, in accomplishing that purpose. The consequences of rhetorically-impoverished general ...


Reconstructing Writer Identities, Student Identities, Teacher Identities, And Gender Identities: Chinese Graduate Students In America, Peiling Zhao Jul 2005

Reconstructing Writer Identities, Student Identities, Teacher Identities, And Gender Identities: Chinese Graduate Students In America, Peiling Zhao

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The increasing presence of Chinese international graduate students in American higher education has mandated a closer examination of their multifaceted lives against stereotypes that hinder their efforts to find, transform, or assert their identities in the dominant discourses of American academia and culture.

Cross cultural studies of Chinese international students tend to reinforce stereotypes of their writer identities, learner identities, and teacher identities. Examining these various identities discloses dichotomies that read Chinese students’ traits and behaviors as handicaps and thus characterize them as “abnormal” in relation to the “normal” traits and behaviors of Chinese students’ Western counterparts. Whereas Western student ...


One More River To Cross: The Therapeutic Rhetoric Of Race In The Post-Civil Rights Era, Nigel I. Malcolm Jul 2005

One More River To Cross: The Therapeutic Rhetoric Of Race In The Post-Civil Rights Era, Nigel I. Malcolm

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The rhetoric of W.E.B. Du Bois contributed both to a sense of group failure among blacks and a sense of individual failure. Du Bois also created a need to explain the reasons for the failure of the group, as well as that of individuals within the group, specifically those within a segment of the black population deemed the talented tenth. Today the talented tenth is more generally spoken of as those occupying positions within the black middle class. Explanations for failure among blacks as a group are generally of two kinds. The first posits that the failure blacks ...


The Rhetoric Of Newspaper Rivalry In The Face Of Image Restoration And Transformation, Andrea Ludlow Christensen Jul 2005

The Rhetoric Of Newspaper Rivalry In The Face Of Image Restoration And Transformation, Andrea Ludlow Christensen

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is a study of the rhetoric of newspaper rivalry, particularly under the pressures of image restoration and transformation. I use methods of critical discourse analysis to look at newspaper articles in Utah's two dominant newspapers, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret Morning News. I compare a sample of news articles from each paper in 2002 to a sample in 2003, when the Tribune was working to restore its image after a scandal involving two of its reporters, and the News was working to transform its image as it transitioned from an afternoon newspaper to a morning ...


A Discourse Concerning Two New Compositions, Stanley D. Harrison Jun 2005

A Discourse Concerning Two New Compositions, Stanley D. Harrison

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This project addresses problems for theorists of writing and composition that arose in the 1990s when capital privatizes the production of internetworked writing and starts operating in the manner of a practicing compositionist. I begin by noting that capital in the 1990s converted internetworked writing machines into fixed capital and started composing its version of the cultural form of the "social" we call the Internet. Thereafter, I argue that composition theorists can best understand the Internet, internetworked writing, and internetworked subjectivities if they regard capital as a formidable compositionist, one capable of making the machinofactured internetworked composition into a privately ...


Loving Loving? Problematizing Pedagogies Of Care And Chela Sandoval's Love As A Hermeneutic, Allison Brimmer Jun 2005

Loving Loving? Problematizing Pedagogies Of Care And Chela Sandoval's Love As A Hermeneutic, Allison Brimmer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

My thesis project is an argument for and an investigation into the complex dynamics of what I term a critical, feminist, anti-racist pedagogy. Drawing from scholarly work in the fields of feminist theory, cultural studies, whiteness studies, and rhetoric and composition, in what follows I argue for a blurring of the traditional reason-emotion split that, I believe, continues to stifle learners in todays U.S. educational system. I then offer a pedagogical theory that rejects or blurs this split, acknowledges and examines the affective realm, and is fueled by the more holistic notion and theory of love as a hermeneutic ...


Investigating Affective Dimensions Of Whiteness In The Cultural Studies Writing Classroom: Toward A Critical, Feminist, Anti-Racist Pedagogy, Allison Brimmer Jun 2005

Investigating Affective Dimensions Of Whiteness In The Cultural Studies Writing Classroom: Toward A Critical, Feminist, Anti-Racist Pedagogy, Allison Brimmer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation seeks to help teachers understand the ways that affect is tied to the dominant ideology of white supremacy in contemporary U.S. society. It argues that affect the complex confluence of feeling and judgmentis bound intricately to racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, etc. In this work I attempt to deconstruct the social construction of affect that fuels dominant white ideology what some scholars call whiteness in the context of white teachers and students in the cultural studies writing classroom. With the lofty yet ultimately empowering goal of effecting anti-racist change in the classroom and in the profession, I trace ...


Determining Quality Through Audience, Genre, And The Rhetorical Canon: Imagining A Biography Of Eudora Welty For Children, Cindy Sheffield Michaels May 2005

Determining Quality Through Audience, Genre, And The Rhetorical Canon: Imagining A Biography Of Eudora Welty For Children, Cindy Sheffield Michaels

English Theses

While numerous studies on academic writers composing for non-academic audiences exist, few if any studies address academic writers composing biographies for children. This self-reflective case study of a Eudora Welty biography for children provides insight into how an academic writer can effectively write in a specific genre (biography) for a specific audience (children) and into practical rhetorical choices such as choosing photographs and designing page layouts. The study also offers triangulated data regarding essential criteria of quality children’s literature as identified by experts in the field (editors, publishers, award committee members, scholars, and authors). The author’s findings include ...


The Rhetoric Of Pedagogy And The Pedagogy Of Rhetoric, Jennifer G. Moore Apr 2005

The Rhetoric Of Pedagogy And The Pedagogy Of Rhetoric, Jennifer G. Moore

Honors Theses

"There is a serious crisis in education. Students often do not want to learn and teachers do not want to teach. More than ever before in the recent history of this nation, educators are compelled to confront the biases that have shaped teaching practices in our society and to create new ways of knowing, different for the sharing of knowledge (hooks 12)."

Drawing from the work of such writers as bell books, Paolo Friere, and Gilles Deleuze, this thesis explores limitations and constraints of traditional pedagogy, then brings this critique to bear upon the traditional pedagogy of rhetoric. Drawing from ...


Negotiating Hope And Honesty: A Rhetorical Criticism Of Young Adult Dystopian Fiction, Lauren Lewis Reber Mar 2005

Negotiating Hope And Honesty: A Rhetorical Criticism Of Young Adult Dystopian Fiction, Lauren Lewis Reber

Theses and Dissertations

Young adult dystopian fictions follow the patterns established by the classic adult dystopias such as George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, but not completely. Young adult dystopias tend to end happily, a departure from the nightmarish ends of Winston Smith and John Savage. Young adult authors resist hopelessness, even if the fictional world demands it.

Using a rhetorical approach established by Wayne Booth in The Rhetoric of Fiction and The Company We Keep, this thesis traces the reasons for the inclusion of hope and the strategies by which hope is created and maintained. Booth's ...


Cooper And Crummell: Dialogics Of Race And Womanhood, Elizabeth J. West Jan 2005

Cooper And Crummell: Dialogics Of Race And Womanhood, Elizabeth J. West

English Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


The Rhetorical Situation: Its Historical Situation And Its Current Limitations, Jessica Lee Vanosdel Jan 2005

The Rhetorical Situation: Its Historical Situation And Its Current Limitations, Jessica Lee Vanosdel

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In this paper, I argue that the academic conversation surrounding Lloyd Bitzer's theory of the rhetorical situation has not taken into account the social implications that arise from the theory, given the unique historical moment of global capitalism. One reason for this gap may be that the academic discussion has focused too much on the rhetorical situation's constituent of exigence. In an effort to move beyond the existing academic conversation regarding the rhetorical theory, I intend to reevaluate the theory of rhetorical situation in terms of what the theory is capable of doing and what the theory should ...


Sciene Plays Defense: Natural Resource Management In The Bush Administration, Holly Doremus Jan 2005

Sciene Plays Defense: Natural Resource Management In The Bush Administration, Holly Doremus

Faculty Scholarship

The George W. Bush Administration has been criticized by scientists for its use of science in the policy arena generally, and for politicizing science. However, the problem is more one of the scientizing of politics, as the administration has shown that the rhetoric of science can be used defensively, as a barrier to regulation. Key methods used by the administration to pursue its strategy of defensive science in natural resource management are detailed. A more normatively defensible, and a more politically effective, strategy for conservationists would emphasize the need to bring transparency and a commitment to updating into the regulatory ...


The Briseno Dilemma, T. Alper, S. Rudenstine Jan 2005

The Briseno Dilemma, T. Alper, S. Rudenstine

Faculty Scholarship

No abstract provided.


Patient Agency In The Rhetoric Of Health Decision Guides, Mary B. Duerson Jan 2005

Patient Agency In The Rhetoric Of Health Decision Guides, Mary B. Duerson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Reading Techniques Used By Mechanical Engineering Students, Amy Anne Holland Jan 2005

Reading Techniques Used By Mechanical Engineering Students, Amy Anne Holland

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Communication researchers have found experience- and purpose-based differences in the reading techniques used by students and professionals in such fields as biology, physics, and law. More experienced readers tend to use techniques such as reading nonlinearly, questioning authority, integrating or referencing prior knowledge, and paying attention to illustrations. Using the read-aloud protocol methodology, this thesis examines the differences in the reading techniques used by two mechanical engineering students in the last year of their undergraduate program and two mechanical engineering students at the end of the first year of their graduate program. Suggestions for helping undergraduate engineering students read more ...


Spanish Business Writing Genre Research: Electronic Mail Memoranda , Therese M. Judge Jan 2005

Spanish Business Writing Genre Research: Electronic Mail Memoranda , Therese M. Judge

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Despite the prevalence of a belief in the importance of preparing students for work in a global economy, very little research into Spanish-language written communication practices exists. In this study, I formed hypotheses regarding Mexican business e-mails based on congruencies in the findings of previous Spanish-language writing research and US-English e-mail writing research and then tested these hypotheses against a corpus of 107 Mexican business e-mails. I employed both a qualitative rhetorical analysis and a quantitative feature presence/absence analysis. Of the eight hypothesis statements describing Mexican business e-mails, only two were affirmed. The hypothesis statements describing these workplace e-mail ...


Blurred Boundaries Of Science And Advocacy: The Discourse Of Scientists At A Conservation Organization , Neil Lindeman Jan 2005

Blurred Boundaries Of Science And Advocacy: The Discourse Of Scientists At A Conservation Organization , Neil Lindeman

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In this dissertation I argue that, in the field of conservation, the boundary separating science from advocacy appears to be undergoing a shift as the number of research scientists at conservation advocacy organizations grows. Drawing on data from interviews with scientists at a prominent conservation non-governmental organization (NGO), I identify and analyze the kinds of rhetorical work NGO scientists engage in as they attempt to participate effectively in the forums of both science and advocacy. I also analyze the publications of one scientist at the same organization to identify features of the discourse of NGO conservation science that suggest a ...


The Mental Verbs "Think" And "Believe" In Authorial Evaluative "That" Statements: A Corpus Study Of Four Academic Disciplines, Brenda Kathlene Daisy Jan 2005

The Mental Verbs "Think" And "Believe" In Authorial Evaluative "That" Statements: A Corpus Study Of Four Academic Disciplines, Brenda Kathlene Daisy

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


In Praise Of Carbon: Genre And The 1996 Nobel Lectures In Chemistry By Christian Fredrick Casper, Christian Fredrick Casper Jan 2005

In Praise Of Carbon: Genre And The 1996 Nobel Lectures In Chemistry By Christian Fredrick Casper, Christian Fredrick Casper

Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

Using genre theory along with the hierarchy of scientific statement types of Latour and Woolgar (1979) and the scientific stases and scientific topoi of Prelli (1989), this thesis analyzes the three Nobel lectures in chemistry from 1996 to discern the characteristics of ceremonial discourse in science and its relation to scientific ethos. Throughout, the Nobel lectures are analyzed in reference to the original research reports published in the scientific literature. The unique social context of the Nobel lectures results in a distinct genre with textual characteristics that include statements with little moderation or hedging, arguments for the long-term significance of ...


Technical Risk Information: Decision Tool Or Rhetorical Ammunition? Undisputed Facts In The Yucca Mountain Debate, David M. Hassenzahl, Denise Tillery, Paulette Laidler Jan 2005

Technical Risk Information: Decision Tool Or Rhetorical Ammunition? Undisputed Facts In The Yucca Mountain Debate, David M. Hassenzahl, Denise Tillery, Paulette Laidler

Public Policy and Leadership Faculty Publications

This paper examines how both opponents and proponents of the proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca mountain Nevada claim that uncontroversial information supports their conflicting positions. Four pieces of information in particular are claimed by both sides: the distance of the proposed site from Las Vegas, the volume of waste that has been produced, the threat of terrorism since 9/11/01, and the occurrence of an earthquake in early 2002. Possible explanations for the difference include naive positivism, social constructionism, persistent beliefs and implicit warrants. The latter two models better explain observed knowledge/preference states. If so, more ...


Exploring Classical And Contemporary Conception Of Ethos Applied Case-The Rhetorical Ethos Of President George W. Bush, Bobby J. Antrobus Jan 2005

Exploring Classical And Contemporary Conception Of Ethos Applied Case-The Rhetorical Ethos Of President George W. Bush, Bobby J. Antrobus

Theses and Dissertations

By exploring classical and contemporary conceptions of rhetorical ethos, this thesis assembles theories of analysis and then applies them in the form of rhetorical analysis of the rhetorical ethos exhibited by President George W. Bush in his presidential speeches. The theoretical investigation reveals the extensive use of the ethical appeal in all manner of rhetorical situations in the contemporary world but especially focuses on how political rhetoric has come to rely predominantly on this persuasive appeal. The study examines several speeches given by President Bush and concludes that his success as president is attributed largely to the sophisticated rhetorical strategies ...


The Need, Feasibility, And Means Of Establishing A Speech Center, Julie Carter Irvin Jan 2005

The Need, Feasibility, And Means Of Establishing A Speech Center, Julie Carter Irvin

Theses and Dissertations

According to Tom Shachtman, "the speech of too few people achieves eloquence, and that of the vast majority does not even reach a tolerable level of articulate behavior" (5). Articulate behavior has not always been a rare characteristic; from antiquity through the mid-twentieth century, the study of rhetoric was privileged and considered necessary for a well-rounded education. If today's society is inarticulate, then how can eloquence and articulateness be reintroduced as staples of a successful person in today's society? The answer is easy - through the study of rhetoric. After examining the study of rhetoric from antiquity to the ...


Negotiating "Post" Era Writing Pedagogies, Hannah Sloan Holbrook Jan 2005

Negotiating "Post" Era Writing Pedagogies, Hannah Sloan Holbrook

Theses Digitization Project

This study examines how post-process theories are being defined, negotiated, and enacted in composition classrooms. While recognizing that most composition instruction remains shaped by modern and process oriented theories, this research asks how post-process considerations might be currently informing teaching practices in some classrooms.


Form B: Embodied Literacies Project, Jenn Fishman Jan 2005

Form B: Embodied Literacies Project, Jenn Fishman

English Publications and Other Works

No abstract provided.


Rhizome National Identity: "Scatlin's Psychic Defense' In Trainspotting, Jennifer Jeffers Jan 2005

Rhizome National Identity: "Scatlin's Psychic Defense' In Trainspotting, Jennifer Jeffers

English Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


A Conductor's Analysis Of Amaral Vieira's Stabat Mater, Op.240: An Approach Between Music And Rhetoric, Vladimir A. Pereira Silva Jan 2005

A Conductor's Analysis Of Amaral Vieira's Stabat Mater, Op.240: An Approach Between Music And Rhetoric, Vladimir A. Pereira Silva

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

Choral music is one of the most common musical activities in Brazil. However, the lack of biographical studies, music publication, and theoretical works which discuss stylistic and interpretative aspects of choral performance creates problems for conductors. The primary goal of this study is to consider Amaral Vieira’s Stabat Mater, op. 240 specifically from a conductor’s point of view, focusing on biographical, analytical, stylistic, and interpretative issues. The document is divided into three chapters; chapter one discusses twentieth-century Brazilian choral music, Amaral Vieira’s life and music, history and overview of the Stabat Mater, op. 240, and textual aspects ...


Three Plays : The Other Woman, Banana Split, Awa' The Crow Road ; And An Essay, Writing The End, Heather Nimmo Jan 2005

Three Plays : The Other Woman, Banana Split, Awa' The Crow Road ; And An Essay, Writing The End, Heather Nimmo

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

The Other Woman is an eighty-minute stage play which asks the question: Do women really play the political game differently? A high-flying politician can't admit to a small mistake. A woman kills herself. Does her mother want justice or revenge? Banana Split is a ninety-minute comedy for two actors which investigates life after divorce, the connections between risk and reward, and the implications of doubling (or coupling). The play asks a number of questions: Is it riskier to stay or to go? Which is the more damaging to a relationship-nostalgia for a golden age or the fantasy of a ...


Embodied Literacies Project, I, Jenn Fishman Dec 2004

Embodied Literacies Project, I, Jenn Fishman

Jenn Fishman

Co-Principal Investigators Jenn Fishman and Stacey Pigg led the first year of the Embodied Literacies Project.