This course schedule is subject to revision. Please be certain to check the calendar frequently for updates. All course readings are available on your class CD unless otherwise specified. See the course resources page for more readings and their bibliographic information.

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Introduce class members, course goals, and projects.

Discuss frameworks for the study of spatial and visual rhetorics using the Barton & Barton reading.

Spatial Framing Reading:
Barton, Ben F., & Barton, Marthalee S. (1993). Ideology and the map: Toward a postmodern visual design practice. In Nancy Roundy Blyler & Charlotte Thralls (Eds.), Professional communication: The social perspective (pp. 49-78). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
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No class meeting--Labor Day Holiday

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Readings on Theories of Spaces:

Lefebvre, Henri. (1991). The production of space. (Donald Nicholson-Smith, Trans.). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. (Original work published 1974) (excerpt)

*Soja, Edward W. (1989). Postmodern geographies: The reassertion of space in critical social theory. London: Verso. (pp. 43-93, 118-137, & 190-222)

Soja, Edward. (1996). Third space: Journeys to Los Angeles and other real-and-imagined places. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. (pp. 1-23)

*provided in hard copy.

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Readings on Cities, States, & Institutions:

Baudrillard, Jean. (1997). America. In Neil Leach (Ed.), Rethinking architecture: A reader in cultural theory (pp. 218-224). New York: Routledge.

Deleuze, Gilles. (1997). Postscript on the societies of control. In Neil Leach (Ed.), Rethinking architecture: A reader in cultural theory (pp. 308-313). New York: Routledge.

Foucault, Michel. (1997). Panopticism. In Neil Leach (Ed.), Rethinking architecture: A reader in cultural theory (pp. 356-367). New York: Routledge.

Foucault, Michel. (1980). Questions on geography. In Colin Gordon (Ed.), Power/Knowledge: Selected interviews and other writings 1972-1977 (pp. 63-77). New York: Pantheon.

Foucault, Michel. (1984). Space, knowledge, and power. In Paul Rabinow (Ed.), The Foucault reader (pp. 239-256). New York: Pantheon Books.

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Readings on Non-Places, Places, & Nature(s):

Augé, M. (1995). Non-places: Introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity. London: Verso. (pp. 42-121)

De Certeau, Michel. (1984). The practice of everyday life. (Steven Rendall, Trans.). Los Angeles: University of California Press. (Original published 1980) (pp. 115-130)

Haraway, Donna. (1992). The promise of monsters: A regenerative politics for inappropriate/d others. In Lawrence Grossberg, Cary Nelson, & Paula A. Treichler (Eds.), Cultural studies (pp. 295-337). New York: Routledge.
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Virilio, Paul. (1986). Speed and politics. New York: Semiotext(e). (pp. 1-34)

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Readings on Borders, Crossings, & Transgressions:

Anzaldúa, Gloria. (1999). La frontera/Borderlands. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books. (pp. 23-35)

Baca, Damián. (2008). Mestiz@ scripts, digital migrations, and the territories of writing. New York: Palgrave. (pp. 119-132)

Blunt, Alison, & Gillian, Rose (Eds.). (1994). Writing women and space: Colonial and postcolonial geographies. New York: Guilford Press.

Brown, Michael P. (2000). Closet space: Geographies of metaphor from the body to the globe. New York: Routledge. (pp. 1-26)

Pratt, Mary L. (1991). Arts of the contact zone. Profession, 91, 33-40.

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Readings on Spatial Praxes:

Massey, Doreen B., Quintas, Paul, & Wield, David. (2003). High-tech fantasies: Science parks in society, science, and space. New York: Taylor & Francis. (pp. 86-114)

hooks, bell (2004). Black vernacular: Archietcture as cultural practice. In Carolyn Handa (Ed.). Visual rhetoric in a digital world: A critical sourcebook. (pp. 395-400). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's. (Original publication 1995)

Mountford, Roxanne. (2001). On gender and rhetorical space. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 31, 41-71.

Reynolds, Nedra. (2004). Geographies of writing: Inhabiting places and encountering difference. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP. (pp. 47-77)

Sullivan, Patricia A., & James E. Porter. (1993). Remapping curricular geography: Professional writing in/and English. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 7, 389-422.

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Readings on Theories of Design & Visual Literacy:

Dikovitskaya, Margarita. (2005). Visual culture: The study of the visual after the cultural turn. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Buckley, Cheryl. (1986). Made in patriarchy: Toward a feminist analysis of women and design. In Victor Margolin (Ed.), Design discourse: History | theory | criticism (pp. 251-262). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Foss, Sonya K. (1994). A rhetorical schema for the evaluation of visual imagery. Communication Studies, 45, 213-224.

Kress, Gunther, & Van Leeuwen, Theo. (1996). Reading images: The grammar of visual design. New York: Routledge. (Introduction and pp. 1-42)

Peterson, Valerie V. The rhetorical criticism of visual elements: An alternative to Foss's schema. Southern Communication Journal, 67.1, 19-32.

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Readings on Design & Visual Literacy Praxes:

Brassuer, Lee. (2003). Visualizing technical information. New York: Baywood. (pp. 1-11 and 145-151)

Buchanan, Richard. (1986). Declaration by design: Rhetoric, argument, and demonstration in design practice. In Victor Margolin (Ed.), Design discourse: History | theory | criticism (pp. 91-109). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Kostelnick, Charles, & Hassett, Michael. (2003). Shaping information:The rhetoric of visual conventions. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP. (pp. 43-80)

Pracejus, John, Olson, Douglas G., & O'Guinn, Thomas C. (2006.) How nothing became something: White space, rhetoric, history, and meaning. Journal of Consumer Research, 33, 82-90.

Wysocki, Anne Frances. (2007). Seeing the screen: Research into visual and digital writing practices. In Charles Bazerman (Ed.). Handbook of Research on Writing: History, Society, School, Individual, Text. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. (pp. 599-611).

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Readings on Methods & Ethics of Sight:

Barthes, Roland. (1977). Image-music-text. (Stephen Heath, Trans.). New York: Hill and Wang. (pp. 32-51)

Berger, John. (1995). Ways of seeing. Baltimore: Viking Press. (pp. 7-34.)

Haraway, Donna. (1995). Situated knowledges: The science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective. In Andrew Feenberg & Alastair Hannay (Eds.), Technology & the politics of knowledge. (pp. 175-194). Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.

Nichols, Bill. (1994). The ethnographer's tale. In Lucien Taylor (Ed.), Visualizing theory: Selected essays from VAR 1990-1994. New York: Routledge. (pp. 60-83)

Tufte, Edward R. (1997). Visual explanations. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press. (pp. 27-53)

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Readings on Images/Words/Media:

Hocks, Mary E. (2003). Understanding visual rhetoric in digital writing environments
College Composition and Communication, 54.4, 629-656.

Latour, Bruno, & Weibel, Peter (Eds.). (2002). Iconoclash: Beyond the image wars in science, religion and art. MIT Press.

McCloud, Scott. (1994). Understanding comics. New York: Kitchen Sink Press. (pp. 138-161.)

Mitchell, W.J.T. (1992). Word & image. In Robert S. Nelson & Richard Shiff (Eds.), Critical terms for art history (pp. 47-57). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Ohmann, Richard. (1996). Selling culture: Magazines, markets, and class at the turn of the century. London: Verso. (pp. 175-218)

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website analysis day--we will explore specific websites and discuss their spatial and visual practices.


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Readings on Text, Words, & Typography:

Benton, Megan L. (2001). Typography and gender: Remasculating the modern book. In Paul C.Gutjahr & Megan L. Benton, Illuminating letters: Typography and literary interpretation (pp. 71-93). Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

Coupland, Douglas. (2007). Visual thinking.

Font conference at

Gutjahr, Paul C., & Benton, Megan L. (2001). Introduction: Reading the invisible. Paul C. Gutjahr and Megan L. Benton, Illuminating letters: Typography and literary interpretation (pp. 1-11). Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

Kinross, Robin. (1986). The rhetoric of neutrality. In Victor Margolin (Ed.), Design discourse: History | theory | criticism (pp. 131-143). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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Readings on Interactivity, Motion, & Movement:

Bolter, Jay David, & Gromala, Diane. (2003). Widows and mirrors: Interaction design, digital art, and the myth of transparency. Cambridge: MIT Press. (pp. 30-57)

Manovich, Lev. (2001). The language of new media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (pp. 218-243)

Mirzoeff, Nicholas. (1999). An introduction to visual culture. New York: Routlege. (pp. 91-126)

Rokeby, David. (1995). Transforming mirrors: Subjectivity and control in interactive media. In Simon Penny (Ed.), Critical issues in electronic media (pp. 133-58). Albany: SUNY Press.

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In-class Presentation of Seminar Event

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Seminar Event

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