"The image, in its simplicity, has no need of scholarship. It is the property of a naive consciousness; in its expression, it is youthful language."

--Gaston Bachelard,
The Poetics of Space (xix).



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Published Chapters

Contributing to chapters of texts or edited collections is extremely fulfilling for me, partly because I get to be part of a great collaboration of sorts—one that pulls together many minds around a topic or central goal, and the cumulative effect is both rewarding and thought-provoking.

I've recently published a chapter entitled "Inventing Non-discursive Texts in Virtual Collaboration Environments" for an edited collection titled Virtual Collaborative Writing in the Workplace: Computer-Mediated Communication Technologies and Processes by Beth Hewitt and Charlotte Robidoux (IGI Global, 2010).

Today's collaborative environments require more from interfaces if we are to invent texts that become edited images, Web pages, films, and/or animations. This chapter argues that virtual collaborative environments must accommodate the invention of non-traditional, multimodal texts.


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Virtual Collaborative Writing in the Workplace
(IGI Global, 2010)

Additionally, a chapter I've completed entitled "Composing Multiliteracies and Image: Multimodal Writing Majors for a Creative Economy" is part of an edited collection by Greg Giberson and Tom Moriarty titled What We Are Becoming: Developments in Undergraduate Writing Majors.

My main claim in that chapter is that we need to create writing majors who are able to compose in multimodal environments while emphasizing the central role of image if they are to be competitive and innovate in the new, creative economy.


What We Are Becoming (Utah State UP 2010)

A chapter titled “White Space as Rhetorical Space: Usability and Image in Electronic Texts" was published in 2005 as part the Rhetoric Society of America's 2004 conference proceedings, Rhetorical Agendas: Political, Ethical, Spiritual (2005).

In this publishedchapter, I make the case that the amount of white space (or empty space) works as non-discursive language the much the same way silence works in discursive texts. It highlights by making room among the noise of information, and it is associated with materiality and luxury.

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Rhetorical Agendas: Political, Ethical, Spiritual (Lawrence Erlbaum 2005)

Currently, I am working on a chapter titled "Symbolizing Space: Non-discursive Composing of the Invisible" for a forthcoming edited collection by Computers & Composition Digital Press: The New Work of Composing by Cheryl Ball, Debra Journet, and Robert Trauman. This publication is unique in that the text will be published entirely digitally.



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Joddy R Murray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and New Media

English Department, Texas Christian University
2800 South University Dr
Fort Worth,
TX 76129

Updated: 8/21/11