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Viz. Invent/Propose (Proposal), 10% (10 pts)

The proposal foretells what you will make for the project. In under a page, discuss the questions (and thinking) that motivate the project, and highlight, as much as possible, the scope of what you will create, the timing of its development, and the ways it involves research, the creation of something visually rhetorical, and a written element (e.g., account, analysis, or reflection). A draft of the proposal is due no later than Monday, February 13, 5:59 p.m. The proposal is due no later than Monday, February 27, 5:59 p.m. Limit your proposal to a single page, typed and single-spaced. Include sketches or descriptions of visual elements, as appropriate.

Viz. Write/Make (Project), 30% (30 pts)

For WRTG540 you have considerable leeway in defining and carrying out a visual rhetoric project.

A draft of the project is due no later than 5:59 p.m. on Monday, March 27. The completed project is due by 5:59 p.m. on Monday, April 17.

Viz. Present/Circulate (Presentation), 10% (10 pts)

Prepare a presentation of approximately five minutes for our final class meeting on Monday, April 17. Slide decks must be uploaded no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 16.

Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech
Office: 315 Shanks Hall
Spring 2019 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"We need to become irritated at our favorite theories and theorists and tired of our usual list of visual objects. Visual studies should be ferrociously difficult, as obdurate and entangled in power as the images themselves. Complacency on that score leads back toward the fun house of aimless impressionistic writing about the joys of contemporary consumerism. There is so much more out there waiting to be understood" (201). James Elkins, "Envoi," Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction

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