Multi-modal Object Analysis (Rough Draft)

The 19th century produced a significant amount of great medical discoveries and inventions such as germ theory, anesthesia, and the discovery of cells as the building blocks of life; However, the 1800s also had some inventions that were not so great, such as the monowheel, the diplograph, and the star of this text: Dr. Thacher’s …

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Multimodal Analysis of Kaolin Clay

History on Kaolin Clay: Among several organic, versatile objects, Kaolin clay has vast uses. From detoxing skin as a mask to damaging lungs as a pipe,  Kaolin clay provides the world with different resources for different desires. Kaolin deposits were found in China about a hundred million years ago and named after a Chinese town “Kao-Ling”.  Kaolin […]

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Comment on C.Coopers Blog Post 10

When reading “Unpacking My Library”, I remembered one of my first attempts of unpacking my own personal emotions about my book collection. This post was assigned as a five-minute synthesis of our class introduction, which opened discussion with begging the question: Why do we care about our stuff? What makes us care about some of …

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4/3 Class Notes

In class paragraph on “Lucubrations of a Lava Lamp”: 172-173 Roberts discusses more aspects of the lava in this section and gives it feminine characteristics in a hyperbolic way. He equates Timothy Leary’s Psychedelic Experience with the “oily undulation of the lamp” (172) by describing his hallucinogenic experience and the physical feelings from it with […]

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Exposition and Material Culture: A Natural Relationship

Through this course, I have used Material Culture Studies as an avenue to understand the varied impact of the application of exposition. Whether it was learning my own object, or reading about other people describing theirs. When reading “Unpacking My Library”, I remembered one of my first attempts of unpacking my own personal emotions about […]

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Blog Post #10: What is exposition?

The full title of this class, from the course catalog, is “History, Theory, and Practice of Exposition.” Over the course of the semester we have identified some of the formal and rhetorical characteristics of expository writing. In general, the purpose of expository writing is to explain, inform, and describe. Its organizational structure tends to be narrative or associative. Expository writing is often found in “essays,” a form or genre that, as Lynn Z. Bloom explains, often operates as a catch-all category for the heterogenous canon of short works studied in first-year composition courses.  Expository writing that describes or explains the author’s subjective experience and perception displays the markers of “expressive discourse,” that is writing through which the author develops and comes to a better understanding of her identity as a human subject in the world. In this blog post, you will offer your answer to the question presented in the title: What is expository writing? Or, in a formulation that includes modes of composition that employ more than alphabetic text: What is exposition? How is exposition different from persuasion? And what is the relationship between exposition, as a rhetorical activity, and material culture studies, as an interdisciplinary field of cultural study and analysis? What, if anything, can we learn about the history, theory, and practice of exposition from material culture studies? Or, how does material culture studies draw upon the theories, or reproduce the practices of exposition? Posting: Group 2 (and anyone else who feels like it and wants some extra participation credit) Commenting: Anyone who feels like it. Category: What is exposition? In your Blog #10 post, you should do... read more