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The Rhetoric of Silence: John Cage, Exigence and the Art of the Commonplace
(University of Waterloo, 2009-10-02)
This thesis approaches the work of American avant-garde composer John Cage from an unconventional perspective by utilizing rhetorical theory to examine the intellectual history informing his collected writings in the text ...
"Drawn towards the lens": Representations and Receptions of Photography in Britain, 1839 to 1853
(University of Waterloo, 2008-12-09)
This dissertation studies the earliest years of photography’s invention. Attention to the earliest conceptions of photography reveals a more complex and contested understanding of the nature and significance of photographic ...
The Expendable Citizen:Patriotism, Sacrifice, and Sentiment in American Culture
(University of Waterloo, 2007-12-18)
This study argues that the American citizen’s choice to perform or not perform sacrificial national duties has been heavily mediated by sentimental representations of sacrifice in popular narratives. Through an analysis ...
Inhabiting the Page: Visual Experimentation in Caribbean Poetry
(University of Waterloo, 2006-12-18)
This project explores visually experimental poetry as a particular trend in Caribbean poetry since the 1970's. Although visual experimentation in Caribbean poetry is immediately recognizable – for example, its play with ...
An Eurhythmatic Response to Adaptive Accrual: A Rhetoric of Adaptation
(University of Waterloo, 2008-01-21)
This dissertation applies to the study of adaptation principles of rhetoric, transtextual analysis and visual semiotics. It posits that adaptations are imitations-with-variations and that rather than existing in binary, ...
Signature Event C*ntext
(University of Waterloo, 2008-01-25)
This thesis examines how context in Derridean signature theory is taboo and underutilized, and calls signature theory to embrace the contaminating mark of context. Signature theory, as proposed by Jacques Derrida and Peggy ...