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"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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Undergraduate Courses

I teach a range of undergraduate courses, from creative writing, to composition, to new media, and rhetoric. I often reinvent or rewrite my courses each time I teach them, building on past sucesses in class while keeping the topics fresh. Often, my courses require students to engage with the composing of image in its various forms, and that is the common element among all of these interests.

Whenever possible, I also ask students to work in the community with service-learning assignments, or work engaging the community through their research and composition. It is important to me tha students see the work they do in my classes as relevant and, if they are motivated, ongoing even after they leave my classes.

In order to provide a bit more detail on the courses themselves, here is a listing of the course, a brief description, and the kinds of texts I ask students to use. As I mentioned already, this often changes from semester to semester, but this provides a basic idea of my undergraduate teaching.



Intro to Composition: Writing as Inquiry

A writing course focused on learning the value of inquiry as a means of attending to and discovering meaning—through composing words and images, and through practicing the value of questions in research.

Handbook: Writing in a Digital Age by Blakesley and Hoogeveen
Reader: Rhetorical Visions by Hesford & Brueggemann

Intermediate Composition: Writing as Argument

A writing course designed to provide"research techniques, with an emphasis on identifying sources that are valuable to a given community in order to build an argument for a particular audience. Students also compose using a variety of modes, including image and digital video.

Handbook: Writing in a Digital Age by Blakesley and Hoogeveen
Reader: Writing in a Visual Age by Odell & Katz

Intro to Creative Writing: Poetry & Fiction

A creative writing course for both poetry and fiction—an exploration of creative writing to be shared. Students read strong selections of both genres and work to create their own unique voice.

Reader: Imaginative Writing by Burroway

Intro to Poetry: The Poetic Image

An introduction to the (mostly) contemporary world of poetry—both reading it and writing about it. Tthis course encourages studentsis to experience poetry to the greatest extent possible.

The Norton Anthology of Modern & Contemporary Poetry (3rd ed.)
Reading Poetry: An Introduction
by Furniss

Language, Technology, & Society

A survey, both from historical and theoretical perspectives, on the relationship between language, texts and developing technologies of symbolization—from cave drawings, to the invention of the alphabet, the printing press, telephone, radio, television, and up to today's electronic media in order to understand the claims made for each new technology and the actual changes they bring to cultures and people.

Communication in History by Crowley & Heyer
Writing Space by Bolter

Urban Rhetorics: The City and its Persuasion

An examination of the city as a rhetorical landscape—a text that attempts to persuade. Features such as city parks, memorials, zoning restrictions, public spaces, etc., are all constructed to appeal to a citizenry in a particular way—they both reflect and construct space as a way to appeal to a citizen's sense of identity, history, and culture. Each layer of the city and its infrastructure comes with its own choices and debates.

Public Spaces, Urban Spaces by Carmona, Tiesdell, & Heath
Who's Your City by Florida

Cyberliteracy

As with any type of literacy, it is not enough to be literate in "something": one must also understand what that literacy means in the context of cultural and socioeconomic change. By exploring digital literacy it is necessary to also examine what larger changes are happening in the world economy that make such literacies relevant and valuable.

Multiliteracies for a Digital Age by Selber
Rise of the Creative Class by Florida
Cyberliteracy by Gurak

Multimedia Authoring: Image & Hypertext

A course on reading about and authoring multimedia texts, both with image and hypertext. Products for this class are not traditional, academic-oriented essays, but texts reliant on several media and modes. By reading and composing images with rhetoric in mind, the course stresses composing non-traditional text.

  • Digital Multimedia by Chapman & Chapman
  • Creating a Web Page by Hester
  • Layers in Photoshop by Kloskowski

Multimedia Authoring: Animation & Film

A course on reading about and authoring multimedia texts, both with animation and film/video. Products for this class are not traditional, academic-oriented essays, but texts reliant on several media and modes. By reading and composing images with rhetoric in mind, the course stresses composing non-traditional text. We will also be looking at and composing films with rhetoric in mind.

Digital Multimedia by Chapman & Chapman
Creating a Web Page by Hester
Layers in Photoshop by Kloskowski

Language, Rhetoric, & Culture

A theory course focusing on the intersections between language, rhetoric, and culture, especially as manifested in public discourse as a stage for these three players—in everything from political speeches, to advertisements, to TV commercials, to film. At the core of this class is an investigation of culture as influenced by rhetoric and, more generally, language.

The Rhetoric of Rhetoric by Booth
Packaging Life by Nayar
Ourspace by Harold

Senior Seminar: Online Portfolios

A capstone course for seniors on authoring a web portfolio in order to rhetorically present student's best work. Students construct web pages on server space outside of the TCU domain.

 

 

 


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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: 11/4/13