Advisory Committee Chair
Advisory Committee Members
Jeffrey A Bacha
Date of Award
Degree Name by School
Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences
This thesis proposes that a new materialist rhetorical investigation of stickers placed on mobile objects of personal use allows scholars to recognize a semiotic and rhetorical connection between human rhetors and the objects of their daily lives. To explore this connection, I analyze stickers situated on laptop computers through their materiality, their geosemiotic emplacement, and their potential rhetorical circulation patterns. Stickers placed on such mobile objects capitalize on their rhetorical consequentiality through their situatedness in the physical world and their connection to the human rhetors positioned in relation to the objects. This work hopes to shift the perception of objects from contextual matter to rhetorical matter, and, in doing so, allow scholars to perceive the interconnectedness of human and nonhuman things.
Kryger, Kathleen, "Mobile Rhetorics: Laptop Stickers, Emplacement, And Circulation" (2018). All ETDs from UAB. 2187.