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DUE DATES: Original post due 11/2; responses due 11/4.
After you have read the “Holographic Rhetoric” reading OR “The FEMEN Body Can Do Everything,” you will be ready to complete this question. Follow the instructions for the reading you chose. If you plan to use Rhetorical Field Methods in your Research Paper, you may want to read both of the readings but it is not required.
1. First, identify the rhetorical artifact. (You can just state what it is 🙂)
2. Second, what is a hologram? Why does the author argue that a holographic analytic can be useful for rhetorical criticism of places? (2-4 sentences).
3. Third, the author talks about three aspects of rhetoric at the place being analyzed in the article, the symbolic aspects, material aspects, and social aspects. Please provide at least two examples from the reading of each of these aspects. (List or bullet form is fine.)
4. Four–now, for the most important part of this question! Your practice! Please go to a safe, socially distanced place of your choosing. It could be a coffeehouse, an outdoor cafe, a park, a hiking trail, a shopping mall/store, the university campus, a museum, etc. Or, if you are high risk and not comfortable completing this assignment at an actual place, you could choose a virtual place. (This option should be reserved for those quarantining). Now answer the following:
a. Identify some of the symbolic, material, and social means of persuasion in this place. (List or bullet form is fine, ideally at least two things for each category.)
b. Considering your answers for (a), what does this space invite you to do? (e.g., what are its rhetorical appeals? How does it organize/move bodies in particular ways?) (Write your answer in the form of a paragraph).
The FEMEN Body Can Do Everything
1. What is an “image event”? Why is this useful for understanding the role of bodies in social movements? (2-4 sentences).
2. In the reading, the authors identify three ways that FEMEN’s activist rhetoric uses bodies to persuade–or, more accurately, actually shapes bodies, constructing the movement through physical encounters of activists. The levels spoken of are the individual body, the collective body, and the entangled body (in resistance/conflict). Please provide at least two examples from the reading of each of these. (List or bullet form is fine.)
Individual Bodies: …
The Collective Body: …
Entangled Bodies: …
2. Time to practice! Thinking about the ways rhetoric works at the level of the body, watch the following video, which is a trailer for a documentary about the Standing Rock protests. (If you aren’t familiar with the protests you may also want to look at the Wikipedia description or a different online source just to get a little more context).
(a) While watching the video, take notes on whatever you notice about bodies and sensory experiences (list is fine).
(b) Then write up a short analysis (1-2 paragraphs) of how the Standing Rock protests used bodies to persuade. Include the levels of:
the individual body (what do you notice about individual bodies and how they function rhetorically in the trailer?)
the collective body (how does the protest make an argument through these collective bodies?)
and the entangled body/bodies in conflict (how do the conflicts represented contribute to the rhetorical situation?)