Convergence: Volume 3: Issue 2

From the Editors

Pamela Gores & Brittany Herrmann

Fall 2010

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Convergence/Rhetoric started as a place for students within the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at UCF to showcase their best efforts in researching the digital humanities. Over the years, we've welcomed submissions on a wide spectrum, from analyses on dance, music in video games, and greeting cards. Now, Convergence/Rhetoric is looking to expand by opening our submission process beyond the Department of Writing and Rhetoric: the digital humanities are everywhere, and we want to recognize that.

In our first-ever fall issue, the following five published works explore the transition of foundational, rhetorical traditions to the modern age. From court-room arguments to tutor-student interactions, this issue is already pushing the boundaries of the ‘digital humanities' umbrella. And, as the first issue of Convergence/Rhetoric produced during the current 21st-century pandemic, we hope that the research projects presented pull you into a different, academically-enlightened world.

Rachel Casey utilizes Aristolean rhetorical appeals to analyze the 1975 landmark court case In re Quinlan. In her work "Aristotelian Rhetoric and Argument Efficiency: An Analysis of Closing Statements in the Quinlan Case," Casey examines the logical and emotional appeals each attorney used in their arguments, based on wrongdoing, shame, and fear. Casey ultimately debates which side had stronger reasoning and how their tactics amplified or reduced their case.

Through her multimodal project, Marissa Dubois exemplifies the rhetorical impact of quilting in "The Humane Society Quillow Project." Dubois utilizes multiple fabrics and sewing techniques to create a quillow dedicated to her rescue dog, Reno. She connected imagery and quotations related to The Humane Society of Manatee County with her personal history of sewing and quilting, basing her analysis of the object in material rhetorics.

In "Fake News, Real Author: Tracking the Rise and Fall of a Falsified Identity," Brittany Herrmann examines the techniques applied to spread fake news and incorrect information. She tracks the short-lived controversy surrounding an author's true identity and analyzes how each side utilized different channels, rhetors, and persuasive techniques. She argues that the multiple factors involved impacted the efficacy of the story and forced the story to end quickly.

Autumn McComas explores the literacy of sheet music annotations in her essay, "Literacy within the World of Music: The Creative Processes of Annotating Sheet Music." McComas examines her own sheet music annotations and provides an in-depth study on the process of writing annotations. She effectively shows how annotation styles can fluctuate according to the type of instrument or the preferences of the musician.

Lindsey Wright's piece "Patterns of Speech in Garret Center Tutoring" observes the intricacies of a learning-based conversation during a tutoring session. Using a transcription of a tutoring session she held, Wright analyzes the different discussion techniques she applied and argues for their positive or negative impact on the writer, as well as how the techniques could be adapted to a Burkean Parlor tutoring center.

Though having to work remotely this semester both together as interns and with our fellow writers and advisor, we feel unequivocally grounded in what we've read, reviewed, edited, and, ultimately, published. It goes without saying that the research being done in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric by these and other students is phenomenal, however, it only makes us even more excited to see what those outside of the department are working on.

So, we hope you enjoy Convergence/Rhetoric's first fall issue, and we invite all to submit to the upcoming spring issue as well. Between these (digital) pages you may find the motivation to do so, or rather, the urge to discover the vast world of the digital humanities for yourself.