Through the lenses of Multimodal literacy and material rhetoric, this book examines the site where, in 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen dispersing a Vietnam War protest shot into a crowd of Kent State students, killing four and wounding nine. Weiss brings twelve local visitors to the area three decades later and explores the role that subsequent construction, including an official memorial, plays in its local public sphere. Overall, the study offers two significant contributions to the related fields of literacy and rhetoric.
Kathryn Weiss is currently a Visiting Professor of Rhetoric at Wabash College. She received her Ph.D. from Kent State's Literacy, Rhetoric and Social Practice program.
Foreword by John M. Ackeman; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Material Rhetoric and the Materiality of Rhetoric; 2 Ambiguity in the Epideictic Tradition; 3 The Brochure and the Site: Official Constructions of Space and History; 4 Twelve Visitors' Perspectives: An Interview and Protocol Study; 5 The Map and the Site: Visitors' Constructions of Space and History; 6 Visitors Search for Marks of Relevance; 7 "Offerings" and the Space of Material Rhetoric; 8 A Theory of Material Rhetoric; 9 Material Rhetoric, Qualitative Research; Appendix A: Interview Scripts; Appendix B: List of Artifacts Mentioned by Participants; Appendix C: Written Sections of the Brochure; Appendix D: The White Papers; References; Leaning toward the Material Sphere: Additional Resources; Index.