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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.