Kairos, Nomos, New Media: Paradox As A Reservoir For Invention

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Kairos, Nomos, New Media: Paradox As A Reservoir For Invention

Show simple item record Leston, Robert en_US 2007-08-23T01:56:21Z 2007-08-23T01:56:21Z 2007-08-23T01:56:21Z December 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-1591 en_US
dc.description.abstract In the wake of the so-called "social turn" in writing studies, the scholarship of invention has enjoyed renewed interest. This dissertation is primarily concerned with invigorating the research of invention by turning towards viable but untapped generative approaches for composing that have been forged by artists working in areas external to composition studies by putting into practice what media theorist Gregory Ulmer calls a "heuretic" approach to invention. (I use the term heuretic to indicate the appropriation of an inventional model from a domain or discipline such as art, though other domains such as engineering would suit just as well.) To move towards this practice, the project proceeds through theoretical and practical issues of invention in the domains of rhetoric, history, psychoanalysis, media studies, and composition. The major problem that this dissertation seeks to overcome is the tension between the terms kairos and nomos. The way these terms unfold in the course of this study suggest that invention--the bringing into being of the unknown--is thwarted by our culture(s), histories, and traditions. I come to argue that we perceive a problem because our traditions have given us an understanding of temporality that follows a straight line, a line mirrored in the linear paradigm of print. I show that new media opens up different narrative configurations for writing and composition, configurations that illustrate that rather than being a logical flaw, paradox can serve as a "reservoir," a productive starting place for thinking and writing with new media. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Vitanza, Victor en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher English en_US
dc.title Kairos, Nomos, New Media: Paradox As A Reservoir For Invention en_US
dc.type Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Vitanza, Victor en_US English en_US English en_US University of Texas at Arlington en_US doctoral en_US Ph.D. en_US

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