Mark Hannah

Theorizing a rhetoric of connectivity

Mark Hannah

  • School: Purdue University (0183)
  • Degree: Ph.D.
  • Date: 2011 pp: 148
  • Advisor: Sullivan, Patricia
  • Source: DAI-A 73/02(E)
  • Subjects: Language, literature and linguistics; Connectivity; Knowability; Public engagement; Relationship building; Rhetoric;
  • ProQuest Document Number: 904416136
  • ISBN: 9781124978970
  • UMI Number: AAT 3479493

Abstract:

This dissertation proposes a rhetoric of connectivity as a means for promoting “communicating with” in acts of public engagement. Focusing on its three aims: knowability, relationship building, and access, a rhetoric of connectivity fosters habits of “communicating with” that position writers to identify potential in rhetorical situations as well as develop rhetorical mechanisms for working through the communication barriers that arise in acts of public engagement. At its core, a rhetoric of connectivity promotes cultures of practice for writers to “communicate with,” and this dissertation offers a discussion of curricular mechanisms—a knowledge development heuristic and imitation pedagogies—that foster the development of cultures of practice in student writers.