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ELWS Event: POPular ARTists

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January 31, 2019

Join an interdisciplinary discussion on the rhetorics of Beyonce, Andy Warhol, and Rupi Kaur 

Join an interdisciplinary discussion featuring research in progress by faculty members and students in the Center for Writing's Literacy and Rhetorical Studies graduate minor:

POPular ARTists

Rhetorics of Beyonce, Andy Warhol, and Rupi Kaur

Friday, February 22, 2019, 12:00-1:30 pm, 

12 Nicholson Hall, East Bank of the Minneapolis Campus

Lunch provided to registrants; please register at

Melissa Frank
(M.A. candidate, English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies, UM-Duluth)

Wave Through the Waters: Beyonce's Formation of Feminist Ecological Ethos
Using a framework of ecological ethos, this project examines the ways that Beyonce successfully navigated multiple locations within her identity to successfully create feminist ethos in an industry that continues to view women as objects of the male gaze.

John Logie (Associate Professor, Writing Studies, UM-Twin Cities)

Repetition and Change: Exploring the Possibilities of Warholian ;Composition
This project investigates Andy Warhol's distinctive approaches to composition across a variety of media, ultimately suggesting that Warhol's composition strategies offer significant opportunities for writers. Further, Warhol's anticipation of the importance of multimedia and multimodal composition invites renewed attention to his varied and variable strategies.

Faith King (M.A. candidate, English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies, UM-Duluth)

We Bleed Each Month: Rupi Kaur's Disruptive Techniques and Social Media Dissemination
Through close readings of Kaur's verse and image, this project associates her work with the Innovative Women Poets by their mutual employment of grammatical and formal experimentation with the purpose of shifting cultural views, particularly those concerning women and women's bodies. Kaur's adept use of social media platforms has allowed her to elude traditional literary filters yet keeps her in the margins.