Bibliography Entry 2/27

Valerie V. Peterson (2001) The rhetorical criticism of visual elements: An alternative to Foss’s Schema, Southern Communication Journal, 67:1, 19-32, DOI: 10.1080/10417940109373216

I found this article when looking for sources that would continue the discussion of Sonja Foss’s Theory of Visual Rhetoric through Halle library’s esearch (it can also be found on Google Scholar.) Valerie Peterson discusses the strength of Sonja Foss’s rhetorical schema (1994). The article is a starting place that presents the first of its kind on proposing an evaluation of visual imagery from a rhetorical perspective. [JW]

Burke, K. (1966). Language as symbolic action: Essays on life, literature, and method. Berkeley: University of California Press.

This book is cited not only in Foss’s article but several articles that discuss visual rhetorics, rhetorical theory, and images. You can pick up this book at the Halle library or find critiques of Kenneth Burke’s essays on Google Scholar. The book itself includes essays on symbolism, rhetorical criticism, and how symbolic action can be understood in non-traditional ways. [JW]

Chryslee, G. J., Foss, S. K., & Ranney, A. L. (1996). The construction of claims in visual argumentation. Visual Communication Quarterly, 3(2), 9-13.

This was cited in Foss’s article and can be found on Google Scholar with limited access. It presents a case that viewers construct claims for images, assuming an audience-centered perspective on the creation of images which situates the viewer as the dominant factor in the construction of arguments of images. I find this perspective valid in some aspects of critiquing an image but further investigation should be sought out on the process. [JW]

Bateman, J. (2014). Text and image: A critical introduction to the visual/verbal divide. Routledge.

This book was found when looking for articles citing Sonja Foss on Google Scholar. A book review can be found @EMU Find Text through the Halle Library database. In his introduction, Bateman describes how text and images have been critiqued separately by scholars but no frameworks consider both image and text in their methods.[JW]

Gries, L. E. (2013). Iconographic tracking: A digital research method for visual rhetoric and circulation studies. Computers and Composition, 30(4), 332-348.

This article presents a research method for studying rhetorical circulation; how images circulate in digital spaces. Laurie Gries incorporates traditional qualitative and new digital research strategies to track the Obama Hope image which was conducted after a five-year long case study of tracking the image across genres, mediums, and contexts. In terms of visual rhetorics, circulation studies consider how images travel through geographic locations, space, and time. [JW]

 

Big Ideas Entry 1/30/17

How does an image move or transfer (Barry 9), not only in geographical locations but from our mind and thoughts? How are our hands, images, and insight collected and made apparent through some display of visual representation? These are some of the very questions Lynda Barry seeks to answer, expanding reader’s idea of visual representation to more than an image drawn or painted, but also to a book, song, or object we interact with (15). One of the ways to answer these questions is by using a composition notebook. Collecting elements from our everyday lives and using these as entry points can create unexpected juxtapositions that form stories and show different patterns that Barry believes will help discover “what this thing I call ‘the back of the mind” is up to (62). When this is achieved, understanding movement and transfer of the visual from within becomes more apparent. [JW]