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Dissertation thoughts

  1. 1. Dissertation Thoughts (Like, as of April 21, 2010.) (Really quickly tossed out there. Roll with me.) (Kyle Stedman) (U of South Florida)
  2. 2. persuade evoke emotion explain Writers compose. They purposefully try to achieve specific effects.
  3. 3. persuade evoke emotion explain Musicians compose too. That’s what they call it. Music “composition.”
  4. 4. quotations, paraphrases, summaries the language and ideas they’ve been influenced by Writers use sources. Both in purposeful and unavoidable ways.
  5. 5. samples variations and covers the composers and motifs they’ve been influenced by Musicians use sources, too. Both in purposeful and unavoidable ways.
  6. 6. Yes, this could also be said about composing visuals, No, composing words and etc. But I’m talking composing music aren’t the same. music right now. I’ve gotta focus somewhere. But they’re intriguingly similar, too.
  7. 7. In college, students take classes to help them be effective composers. “Rhetorical” aims are often separated from “aesthetic” aims.
  8. 8. So, what if I talked to students in both disciplines about their composing practices? What stories would they tell about the effects they were going for, and what kinds of sources they used?
  9. 9. And what would I learn if I observed their composing and research habits?
  10. 10. That knowledge could be used to make better composition teachers.
  11. 11. 1. What effects do students try to achieve in their alphabetic and musical compositions? 2. In what ways do students search for and integrate sources into their work? Did you catch that? I have two big questions. I bet students will surprise me with the cool things they know and with the surprising things they don’t know. And both can inform better pedagogy.
  12. 12. 1. What effects do students try to achieve in their alphabetic and musical compositions? 2. In what ways do students search for and integrate sources into their work? • information literacy • multimodal composition • music composition I’d rely on research from different • multiliteracy studies fields and places to frame my • new media poetics interview and observation data. • computers and writing • intellectual property studies Mostly from rhetoric and • interviews with composition, but also lots from professional and amateur elsewhere. composers
  13. 13. The End. (For now.) Comment! Please! Either to kstedman [AT] mail [DOT] edu or at http://tinyurl.com/disskyle (That’s a pun.)

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