Rhetorical Experiments in Medium and Message

By Valerie L. Perry.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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This presentation provides a brief overview of the interconnections between orality, materiality, genre, and process. I argue that materiality studies can contribute to genre studies by examining how various forms of literacy are kept/changed/eliminated by various writing technologies (handwriting, printing, typing, electronic word processing and e-publishing); these media shape the features of genres and text-types. I also introduce the distinction between medium of composition and medium of delivery, and why each should be considered rhetorically. The media of both composition and delivery must be included in what Amy Devitt calls the “nexus” within which genres are situated.

Keywords: Medium, Genre, Rhetoric, Materiality, E-books, Literacy, Teaching

International Journal of the Book, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 498.127KB).

Dr. Valerie L. Perry

Assistant Professor, English, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, USA

Dr. Valerie L. Perry has recently completed her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition Studies at Illinois State University. She has been a teacher and/or administrator of composition, writing across the curriculum, rhetoric, creative writing, literature, and English as a Foreign Language at several 2- and 4-year institutions, and is currently Director of First-Year writing at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. In March 2009 she will present her research on the use of persuasive rhetorical strategies in campus military recruitment at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in San Francisco.


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