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GWRJ Issue 9.2

Spring 2019

Abigail Palmisano

The Musician Dropped Dead, Is the Show Over?: Exploring Audience and Text Interaction

When thinking about composition, we often think about the way in which an author creates their text, but rarely consider the audience as co-creator. Can an audience create a text? Can a text create an audience? Palmisano article the complex relationship between text and audience through the exaggerated lens of Theatre of the Absurd. 

Bryanna Tidmarsh

Clap Along if  You Feel Like a Genre without a Roof: Genre Remediation and Social Justice in Pharrell Williams’s “Happy”

How can one song be popular and widely praised in one genre but controversial in another? How does a song’s meaning change between its music video and a live performance? Looking at Pharrell Williams’s song “Happy,” Tidmarsh uses trajectory, distribution, and reception to explore how music and remediation can be powerful tools for delivering messages of social justice.

Zach Freed

Rogue Genre: A Science Fiction Study


Science fiction as a genre is problematic in that it exists and can easily be recognized, but fully defining it is a daunting task. Examining science fiction brings about questions pertaining to other genres, as well as the idea of “genre” in general. This is a discovery journey that Freed embarks on.

Tim Wyland

How Do You Take Your Genre? The Coffeehouse as Messenger

Wyland utilizes the concept of convention and the CHAT process of representation to explore the boundaries of what could be a genre in his genre analysis of The Coffeehouse in Uptown Normal, with the hopes of showcasing how we can understand the implicit meanings and messages of non-written genres.

Ann Borow

Don’t Swipe Left Just Yet: Analysis and Subversion of  Tinder’s Genre Conventions

Borow takes a look at the literate activity of a Tinder profile and, through analysis of the genre and application of CHAT, observes and documents how users have subverted Tinder by establishing healthy and significant romantic relationships through the app.

Jessie Batterman

*Insert Caption That Will Make all Your Followers Like Your Picture Here*


There’s a lot more thought that goes into creating captions on social media platforms than one might realize. Batterman explores the processes different people go through to create their captions on social media. The platforms she will be looking at are Facebook, Instagram, and VSCO, and she explores how the unique conventions of each platform affect their respective caption-writing processes. 

Maddi Karchetske

The Evolution of  Note-taking: Using a SmartPen as a College Student


Kartcheske studies the conscious and unconscious decisions she’s made while using a SmartPen. By analyzing her relationship with socialization and antecedent knowledge, she discovers the pros and cons of operating on autopilot while she takes notes.

Courtney Cox

Constructing a Little Free Library and Building Literary Citizenship


Drowning in extra copies of her campus literary journal, Cox found a solution to connect her work as a writer and editor with the intended audience of her campus journal. Through the implementation of P-CHAT, she examines how Little Free Libraries serve as a complex activity system that can help foster community-based literacies and improve literary citizenship.

Matt Schering

The Sound of  Perseverance


Is pop culture equipped to deal with complex social issues? Schering examines an unlikely source, heavy metal lyrics, to see if pop culture is capable of discussing the issues important to our daily lives, issues including drug abuse and animal rights

Pouya Vakili

How to Learn a New Language on Your Own


Vakili introduces readers to the concepts of translingualism and contrastive rhetoric and their relationship with language learning. Additionally, he also discusses some important language learning theories and shares his own experience of learning English.

Claudia Sánchez

Multimodal Writing in a Second Language: CHAT and Duolingo

Sánchez explores the notion of multimodality by means of a multimodal tool: Duolingo. With the help of CHAT, she gives an insight to the world of language learning and writing in a second language.

Anya Gregg

Spreading the Roots Presents: Learning from My Mistakes Professional Literacies Project: Planting, Harvesting, Writing:


Using the antecedent knowledge of the Grassroots Writing Research Journal that she gained from a previous submission, Gregg uses genre studies and CHAT to explore why and how her original submission didn’t quite fit the conventions of the journal.

David Giovagnoli and Jordan Kuhns

The Literate Activity Systems of a Regional Agricultural Cooperative


Giovagnoli corresponds with Kuhns, who works for GROWMARK, Inc., a company in Bloomington, Illinois that provides goods and services to farms. He discusses the complex literate activity system of the professional writing he does on a day-to-day basis, which includes interacting with co-workers, communicating with colleagues in different countries, and working on systems that automate the writing of business documents.

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