Ehren Pflugfelder

In measure of the world: Advancing a kinaesthetic rhetoric

Ehren Pflugfelder

  • School: Purdue University (0183)
  • Degree: Ph.D.
  • Date: 2012 pp: 367
  • Advisor: Salvo, Michael
  • Source: DAI-A 74/04(E)
  • Subjects Language, literature and linguistics; Communication; Kinesis; Mobility; Movement; Rhetoric; Technology;
  • ProQuest Document Number: 1238294297
  • ISBN: 9781267775788
  • UMI Number: AAT 3545357

Abstract:

This dissertation grounds the relationship between rhetoric and movement, focusing on how the confluence of the two can be used to address both technical projects and broader social concerns. I answer the questions “how is transportation rhetorical?” and “what might such an understanding mean for both large technical projects and for the fields of rhetoric and professional writing?” Specifically, I address how movement is involved in rhetoric and how rhetoric plays a role in regimes of human mobility. This dissertation develops a theory of kinaesthetic rhetoric using classical rhetoric, current critical theory, modern and historical examples, and a lengthy case study of my participation in a postcar mobility project called Electric Purdue on Demand (EPOD). Chapters focus on relationships between Aristotle’s definition of movement and posthumanism, interfaces and metaphors, logistics and delivery, design and navigation, and actor-network theory and phenomenology.