"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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Generally, my interests are and have been in language theory, rhetoric, multimodality and new media, multiliteracies, image, silence as discourse, dream text, and, more recently, cinematic rhetorics. Many of these categories are interchangeable—in fact, in my mind, it's all language theory.

But my research interests are moving towards the moving image and space/time as I work on my new book project. Tentatively titled Cinematic Rhetoric: Non-discursive Image and Motion, I'm working on questions about how it is image and motion combine to be persuasive.

"They Could Be Our Students: The Writing Major at Texas Christian University" (with Carrie Leverenz, Brad Lucas, and Ann George) is forthcoming in the edited collection Writing Majors: Eighteen Program Profiles edited by Greg Giberson (expected sometime in 2014 from University of Utah Press).  


Rhetoric Review just published a review essay on Digital Detroit: Rhetoric and Space in the Age of the Network by Jeff Rice (SIUP 2012).

Digital Detroit

Rhetoric Review, Volume 32, Issue 1, 2013


"Symbolizing Space: Non-discursive Composing of the Invisible" for an edited collection by Computers & Composition Digital Press, The New Work of Composing by Cheryl Ball, Debra Journet, and Robert Trauman. This publication is a digital ebook.


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Symbolizing Space: Non-discursive Composing of the Invisible
(Computers & Composition Digital Press, 2012)

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


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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)

My book, Non-Discursive Rhetoric: Image and Affect in Multimodal Composition, provides the theory that much of my other work relies on to proceed: namely, a writing theory that de-priveledges discursive symbolization, re-authorizes the importance of emotions and the affective domain, and proposes a writing theory based not primarily on the printed word but on image. You can read a sample from this book here (pdf). The book has been reviewed by Kairos and Computers and Composition (pdf).

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Non-discursive Rhetoric (SUNY 2009)



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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: 8/12/14