On Wednesday, November 13, students and faculty of the Rhet/Comp Reading Group met at University Pub to discuss Rachael Ryerson's "Disidentification, Disorientation, and Disruption: Queer Multimodal Rhetoric in Queer Comics." Conversation focused on how Ryerson theorizes comics as a productive space for expressions of queerness and queer world-making. Students and faculty discussed visual case studies Ryerson used in an attempt to better understand her arguments. We also talked about how Ryerson’s piece might relate to broader conversations about comics and the history of the form. As rhetorical concepts such as identification and disidentification, discussion paused for thorough explanations and examples. As the final RCRG meeting for the fall semester wrapped up, we began to look ahead to the spring semester. Stay tuned for details!
On Wednesday, October 23rd, rhetoric and composition students and faculty met at University Pub to discuss Jennifer Sano-Franchini's "Sounding Asian/America: Asian/American Sonic Rhetorics, Multimodal Orientalism, and Digital Composition." The discussion included an interesting conversation about Sano-Franchini's explanation of sounds and their effect on audience reception/perception of implicit biases. Although initially discussed as an article that draws together previously established notions of rhetoric, by the end of the discussion, students and faculty agreed that Sano-Franchini makes explicit a conversation and approach to rhetorical analysis that has been overlooked and/or taken for granted. Specifically, Sano-Franchini argues that sounds frequently used for a particular context or group, such as Asian Americans, form an association that viewers/listeners might not immediately recognize or be aware of. For example, a soundtrack often used during sad scenes in movies, when played, triggers an emotional response from viewers. Similarly, sounds have been used to perpetuate racist stereotypes and assumptions, which Sano-Franchini illuminates as an area of rhetoric that we must consider more critically in our use and analysis of digital media.
Join us for our final RCRG meeting of the semester on November 13th at 3pm at the University Pub. We will be discussing "Disidentification, Disorientation, and Disruption: Queer Multimodal Rhetoric in Queer Comics" by Rachael Ryerson.
The Winifred Bryan Horner Rhetoric Society serves as the student chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America at Texas Christian University. In addition to sponsoring events that further rhetorical scholarship at TCU, the WBH Rhetoric Society also supports the Winifred Bryan Horner Reading Library in the TCU Graduate Instructor office. The WBH Rhetoric Society was founded by TCU English graduate students in 2011.