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ERIC Number: EJ1062053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
English 3135: Visual Rhetoric
Gatta, Oriana
Composition Studies, v41 n2 p78-97 Fall 2013
As an advanced rhetoric and composition doctoral student, I taught Engl 3135: Visual Rhetoric, a three-credit upper-level course offered by the Department of English at Georgia State University. Mary E. Hocks originally designed this course in 2000 to, in her words, "introduce visual information design theories and practices for writers [and] examine the use of visual meanings in the production of texts, the influence of visual culture on written discourse, and audience-centered document design" ("Undergraduate"). My own research interests include visual rhetoric/culture, feminist theory/pedagogy, critical theory/pedagogy, digital media/pedagogy, and comics studies, and as evidence of the rhet/comp program's deep commitment to graduate student professionalization, I was encouraged to redesign Visual Rhetoric to more specifically reflect these interests. My redesign resulted in a course that employed comics studies as a generative framework on which we built theoretically, historically, and culturally informed definitions of visual rhetoric. Students used these definitions to analyze contemporary popular culture and compose their own research-based arguments in comic book form. To view the course website, please visit:
University of Cincinnati. Department of English, P.O. Box 210069, Cincinnati, OH 45221. Tel: 513-556-6519; Fax: 513-556-5960; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia