Sonic Rhetoric

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Sonic rhetoric is the study of the affordances of sound in rhetorical theory and practice. It often overlaps with work on sound art, aesthetics, musicology, communication, media studies, and related fields.


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While texts in many fields influence work in sonic rhetoric, this list specifically focuses on work that is closely aligned with publications and scholars in rhetoric and composition and related fields.

[edit] Special Issues

  • Ball, Cheryl and Byron Hawk, Eds. Special Issue: Sound in/as Compositional Space: A Next Step In Multiliteracies. Computers and Composition 23.3 (2006). [1]
  • Davis, Diane Ed. Special issue: Writing with Sound. Currents in Electronic Literacy (2011). [2]
  • Rickert, Thomas, ed. Special issue: Writing/Music/Culture. Enculturation 2.2 (1999). [3]
  • Stone, Jon, and Steph Ceraso, eds. Special issue: Sonic Rhetorics. Harlot 9 (2013). [4]

[edit] Standalone Texts

  • Ahern, Kati Fargo. “Tuning the Sonic Playing Field: Teaching Ways of Knowing Sound in First Year Writing.” Computers and Composition 30.2 (2013): 75–86. [5]
  • Anderson, Erin. “Toward a Resonant Material Vocality for Digital Composition.” Enculturation 18 (2014): n.pag. [6]
  • Ceraso, Steph. “(Re)Educating the Senses: Multimodal Listening, Bodily Learning, and the Composition of Sonic Experiences.” College English 77.2 (2014): 102-123. [7]
  • Clark, Gregory. “Virtuosos and Ensembles: Rhetorical Lessons from Jazz.” The Private, the Public, and the Published: Reconciling Private Lives and Public Rhetoric. Ed. Barbara Couture and Thomas Kent. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2004. 31-46.
  • Elbow, Peter. “The Music of Form: Rethinking Organization in Writing.” College Composition and Communication 57.4 (2006): 620-666. Print. [8]
  • Farnsworth, Rodney. “How the Other Half Sounds: An Historical Survey of Musical Rhetoric During the Baroque and After.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 20.3 (1990): 207-24. Print. [9]
  • Gunn, Joshua, Greg Goodale, Mirko M. Hall, and Rosa A. Eberly. “Auscultating Again: Rhetoric and Sound Studies.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 43.5 (2013). [10]
  • Havelock, Eric. The Muse Learns to Write. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1986.
  • Johnson, T. R. “Writing with the Ear.” Refiguring Prose Style: Possibilities for Writing Pedagogy. Ed. T. R. Johnson and Tom Pace. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2005. 267-85. Print.
  • Katz, Steven B. The Epistemic Music of Rhetoric: Toward the Temporal Dimension of Affect in Reader Response and Writing. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1996. Print.
  • Koehler, Adam. “‘Frozen Music, Unthawed’: Ka-Knowledge, Creative Writing, and the Electromagnetic Imaginary.” Enculturation 7 (2010): n.pag. Web. 28 Apr. 2012. [11]
  • Murray, Joddy. Non-discursive Rhetoric: Image and Affect in Multimodal Composition. Albany: SUNY, 2009. Print.
  • Overall, Joel. “Piano and Pen: Music as Kenneth Burke’s Secular Conversion.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 41.5 (2011): 439-54. [12]
  • Rickert, Thomas. Ambient Rhetoric: The Attunements of Rhetorical Being. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh Press, 2013. Print.
  • Rickert, Thomas. “Language’s Duality and the Rhetorical Problem of Music.” Rhetorical Agendas: Political, Ethical, Spiritual. Ed. Patricia Bizzell. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006. Print. 157-63.
  • Selfe, Cynthia L. “The Movement of Air, the Breath of Meaning: Aurality and Multimodal Composing.” College Composition and Communication 60.4 (2009): 616-63. Print. [13]
  • Sirc, Geoffrey. "Interchanges: Never Mind the Sex Pistols, Where's 2Pac?" CCC 49 (1998): 104-108. [14]
  • Sirc, Geoffrey. “Proust, Hip-Hop, and Death in First-Year Composition.” Teaching English in the Two-Year College 33.4 (2006): 392-98. Print. [15]
  • Stedman, Kyle D., and Jonathan Stone. “Experiencing Ambience Together: A Sonic Review of Thomas Rickert’s Ambient Rhetoric: The Attunements of Rhetorical Being.” Composition Forum 30 (2014): n.pag. [16]
  • Stone, Jonathan W. “Listening to the Sonic Archive: Rhetoric, Representation, and Race in the Lomax Prison Recordings.” Enculturation 19 (2015): n.pag. [17]
  • Vickers, Brian. “Figures of Rhetoric/Figures of Music?” Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric 2.1 (1984): 1-44. Print. [18]
  • Yancey, Kathleen Blake. “Made Not Only in Words: Composition in a New Key.” College Composition and Communication 56.2 (2004): 297-328. Print. [19]
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