Rhetorically, expository writing links to the Ancient Greek practice of ekphrasis, where writers sought to elucidate through the art of depiction. At that time, writing was a newly evolving technology, and it posed distinct problems and possibilities for rhetoricians. Similarly, the advent of digital networks calls into question the ways we define writing and rhetoric today. Mobile and wearable technologies present discrete opportunities and obstacles to distinctions of digital and non-digital spaces. With this ontological shift in mind, this course focuses on digital exposition as a rhetorical act. Through the tradition of exposition, students will define the exigencies facing writers in contemporary media environments by discussing and making digital texts.
Etymologically, exposition has roots in expōnĕre—meaning not only to explain and interpret but also to exhibit and display. Readings will challenge students to consider how digital publishing changes research, composition, and circulation of scholarship. Assignments follow a projectbased learning model. Students will track, collect, and visualize data on the circulation of digital artifacts; use emerging technologies and tools for composition; and describe the impacts that digital technologies have on the rhetorical acts of exposition.
- Digital Rhetoric. Douglas Eyman, (Online at University of Michigan Press), 2015.
- Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing. Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky (Eds.) Parlor Press, 2010 (Online at Writingspaces.org).
- Web Writing Style Guide.. Matt Barton, James Kalmbach, and Charles Lowe (Eds.) Parlor Press, 2010 (Online at Writingspaces.org).
- Daily access to your university email.
Content: Students demonstrate competence in the terminology, concepts, theories and methodologies used within rhetorical theory and the digital humanities.
Communication: Students communicate knowledge, ideas and reasoning clearly and effectively across modalities. Students will participate in classdiscussions throughout the semester to reflect on assigned readings.
Critical Thinking: Students analyze information carefully andlogically from multiple perspectives, using discipline-specificmethods, and develop reasoned solutions to problems.
Design: Students work individually and in groups to build, workshop, and usability test rhetorically compelling digital projects.
Research & Write: Students will write across modalities, learning versatile production skills for various contexts and audiences.