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Performance And Problematization In Rhetorical Culture: The Example Of Laurie Anderson , Kirstin Jean Cronn-Mills Jan 1997

Performance And Problematization In Rhetorical Culture: The Example Of Laurie Anderson , Kirstin Jean Cronn-Mills

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

I begin this study by developing a theory of performance useful for analyzing various artifacts. This version of performance studies incorporates insights from the rhetorical tradition, narrative theory, and visual theory;I combine these performance philosophies with the language theories of Michel Foucault to further develop an understanding of the energy of performance. Foucault's theory of problematization provides a framework for understanding how individual interpretations develop from the cultural context of the text at hand. Foucault's approach to language is postmodern: he acknowledges the social, situated, power-laden nature of our linguistic constructions. Foucault's analysis encourages an awareness ...


Development Of An International Written Communication Audit , Carol Christine Leininger Jan 1996

Development Of An International Written Communication Audit , Carol Christine Leininger

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Although localization, internationalization, and globalization efforts to meet international customers' product and information needs are accepted strategies in the US computer industry, the needs of second language (L2) English speakers are less directly addressed in the international workplace. Application of strategies similar to these three technical communication strategies may benefit international workplace communication;The international writing approaches represented by these three communication strategies are related to the global management strategies of organizations (e.g., ethnocentric, polycentric, geocentric). This categorization, based on Perlmutter and Hedlund, considers organizations' strategic missions and can be used to align management strategies with international writing approaches ...


Humor And Technical Communication: The Culture, The Texts, The Implications , Kathleen Ann Hurley Jan 1996

Humor And Technical Communication: The Culture, The Texts, The Implications , Kathleen Ann Hurley

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study argues that, for both practical and theoretical reasons, scholarly inquiry is needed in the area of humor and professional communication: specifically, the humor that technical writers are incorporating into technical texts. To address this need, the study approaches humor from a social perspective which assumes that discourse is understood within the contextualized activity within which it occurs;Interdisciplinary humor research is explored, and from these studies specific contextual elements which impact discourse are identified: humor stimuli, expectations, values, participant relationships, and group relationships. However, existing research concentrates on the identification of these elements from a serious perspective, and ...


Rhetoric And Metaphor In The Emergence Of Modern Physics , Richard David Johnson Jan 1995

Rhetoric And Metaphor In The Emergence Of Modern Physics , Richard David Johnson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation offers a series of rhetorical analyses of the seminal papers of the quantum theory. Specifically, it discusses the central role that metaphors play in the invention of new scientific arguments that form the basis of schools of scientific thought. The theory of metaphor that is developed for analysis is situated into the tradition of the rhetoric of the "older" sophists of ancient Greece. Metaphor, or more accurately 'trope,' was a constitutive feature of sophistic beliefs about language and rhetoric. Applied to scientific texts, the sophistic understanding of metaphor illustrates how scientific beliefs can be brought into contrast, leading ...


Communication In A Rhetorical Corporation: An Ethnographic Study Of Change From Hierarchy To Self-Managed Teams , Jane M. Perkins Jan 1995

Communication In A Rhetorical Corporation: An Ethnographic Study Of Change From Hierarchy To Self-Managed Teams , Jane M. Perkins

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Based on three years of fieldwork in a "spin-off" software development company, this dissertation describes and discusses the impact on communication of current corporate restructuring. The ethnographic study focuses on the corporation's attempts to move from a hierarchical organizational structure to team-based management and on the communicative interactions that played a critical part in this change and were altered as a result. Motivated by disintegrating boundaries between the corporation, its coustomers, and its suppliers; by the breakdown of internal functional divisions into project teams; and by the altered power relationships between management and "knowledge workers," the corporation's employees ...


Gendered Graphics: An Examination Of The Effect Of Gender On Visuals In Professional Communication , Michael Joseph Hassett Jan 1995

Gendered Graphics: An Examination Of The Effect Of Gender On Visuals In Professional Communication , Michael Joseph Hassett

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation reports a study that examines the effect of gender on the creation and interpretation of visuals used in diagrams of the sunflowerseed oil extraction process;Gender has long been considered an issue worth pursuing in studies of communication behaviors. Research completed on gender and communication can be divided into two areas: (1) studies investigating performance differences between males and females and (2) studies investigating the perception of differences between males and females. This dissertation explores definitions of gender and surveys research in gender and communication in both areas. It applies this research to the use of visual elements ...