-Literary, rhetorical, historical analysis, academic papers developed during master's degree program in writing at New York University (NYU) and undergraduate degree program in English at Radford University in Radford, Virginia.
-----Twitter and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign: A Rhetorical Analysis of Tweets and Media Coverage. New York University. Master's Thesis. Completed, 12/2015. 44,300 words.
Abstract: The unfettered dissemination of political rhetoric by politicians and the media through Twitter has far-reaching implications, beneficial and adverse. However, it is challenging to determine the truth or falsity of that rhetoric. This thesis presents a new model to subject tweets to empirical truth verification. That model is applied to a corpus of tweets posted on the Twitter accounts of four candidates in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. The model identifies an assortment of rhetorical characteristics that are inherent in each candidate’s tweets. It also allows for the evaluation of the rhetorical tendencies of each candidate, as well as determining whether a tweet can be empirically verified. An analysis of the model’s data revealed that all of the candidates’ Twitter rhetoric is ridden with ambiguous language and claims that are difficult, if not nearly impossible, to verify. Furthermore, the model sought to establish what type of rhetorical characteristic tends to trigger pervasive media coverage. That analysis determined that ad hominem claims nearly always generate substantial media coverage while substantive statements are nearly always ignored. Complete Thesis.
-----A Review and Evaluation of Master’s Level Professional Writing Programs in the U.S. Created, 12/15.
Abstract: This report is a survey of graduate-level professional writing programs in the U.S. The report provides a portrait of the state of professional writing programs today by way of curriculum and literature review. That literature examines the increasing relevance and long-term viability of professional writing, especially in today’s knowledge and digital economy. Ultimately, the report reveals professional writing programs that are transforming to adhere to the needs of today’s economy, as well as programs that are falling short of that goal. Complete Report.
-----The Writer Today: A Brief Historical Overview and Personal Journey, Created, 2/15.
"I predict the field will be subject to further technological disruptions, the rise of new genres, as well as new needs produced and demanded by the market. Our conception of what it means to be a writer will more than likely be redefined several times. It is up to the writer to transform and reshape themselves — to constantly stay with, and even ahead of, the curve of innovation, so I have found. Otherwise, extinction through unemployment or underemployment may be the likely outcome for a writer who decides to only take on only one or two roles. If a writer adapts and evolves, I believe they are well-positioned to become essential members of society — those who guide us to products that will make our lives lovelier or who create stunning masterpieces whether that is a white paper, or a novel, that takes our minds and hearts to new heights."
-----Rhetorical Analysis of “The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth” by E.O. Wilson, Created, 2/15.
"With an appeal to Christians to save life on Earth, E.O. Wilson could have easily stumbled, by making either a passionate plea with no intellectual rigor or making a plea purely from the logos of science, which would no doubt fall on deaf ears with this audience. The first chapter of the book, titled Letter to a Southern Baptist Pastor, offers the perfect balance of logos and pathos from both scientific and religious perspectives, which undergirds the emotional appeal of the narrative."
-----How to Make Corporate Literature Appeal to Audience: Empowering Rhetoric, Style and Authorial Control, Created, 4/15.
"The rhetorical situation of a writer is not always neatly defined as the confluence of author, reader, and subject, in which an execution of those three variables alone produces a text that informs, persuades, and motivates, the hallmarks of effective rhetoric. If an author could produce a text in that vacuum, the writer would achieve greater, if not maximized, authorial control over the shape and message of the text since their rhetorical concerns would be limited to those narrow variables. But the writer may also produce prose that is ridden with contextual errors because of a lack of awareness of the multitude of contextual factors that, for better or worse, influence, improve or subvert the message an author is trying to convey to an audience. A writer must have a keen awareness of context in order to produce a text that resonates with audience — audience being a diverse set of readers that may include a writer’s employer, as well as the consumer on the street. Yet gaining a sense of context and being able to convey that contextual understanding in a document is no easy task: it may be the slipperiest slope a writer steps one’s foot upon because of its sheer subjective nature."
-----A Defense of Style and Rhetoric, Created, 5/15. Full Report.
"As writers, we have a tendency to think our role is solely of a creator — our primary charge to carefully string together words to form sentences to form paragraphs that express some type of sentiment. The onus of our profession is that of invention, artistic invention, using inspired flourishes of line and word to weave, to stitch, to assemble, the grand or minor work that lies before us. The conception of our profession in the general public, and among our family and friends, falls within this same impression. We are dreamers, who open our sails and glide upon the winds of inspiration. What we do is not so much a craft that requires an arduous degree of skill, but flights of fancy where dreams, visions, and images are sprinkled — or flooded — upon the page with little to no effort, guided by imagination and wonder, and not technique."
-----William James: A Candidate for the Western Canon, Created, 1/05.
"I argue that a key criterion for canonization is the power of the idea and how an idea can influence and direct future canonical authors toward greater significance in their pursuit to reveal the nakedness of life, the bare-bones essence of what we are and where we are going."
-----Joyce’s Dublin: A Societal-Landscape Analysis, Created, 4/05.
"Even the people with their false consciousness, get a sense of place transcendence by 'pay(ing) homage to the snorting motor' (45). Any escape whether its geographical or through commodification will temporarily uplift the Dubliners sense of self. The proletarian landscape and attitudes seem to be supplanted by outside elements. A Marxist critique allows a unique interpretation of Joyce’s Dubliners as a whole. Joyce was indeed holding a mirror up to Dublin and revealing the societal problems from the level of the individual to the level of the society."
-----Ecocriticism: Exploration to Definition, Created, 1/04.
"English (Discipline) was far too anthropocentric since it has been only concerned with the human-oriented vision as a constitution of reality. Ecocriticism seeks to tear down this wall and reestablish, or as Lawrence Buell would say, reinvent our imagination toward man and nature. To change our imagination, consciousness must shift from anthropocentrism to an eco-centric viewpoint in order not to stand above nature but with it. It is from this position that ecocritics come to the understanding of the interconnectedness between human and non-human nature such that a literary text is not just a social construction, but also ecological one. Love prophesied that 'the time cannot be far off when an ecological perspective will swim into our ken' (209)."