Third-year RCID doctoral candidate Jimmy Butts passed his comprehensive/qualifying exams this past Leap Day, finishing with his multi-modal/oral presentation (fourth exam) titled: “Seven Strange Attractors: How to Repent! and Be Unbaptized!”
Jimmy’s dissertation topic explores how Victor Shklovsky’s concept of defamiliarization functions rhetorically across different forms of composition and media. The ethics underlying his writing works against the flood of totalizing immersive media when they elicit only automatic or anesthetized responses from their contemporary audiences.
The project hopes to complicate expectations of standardization by seeing both potential and problems in normative and unusual compositions. He will work through seven forms of inventional strategies for strangeness including figural shifts in media, time traveling, replacement, addition & subtraction, negation, glossolalia, and exponentiation.
During a short reception in Clemson’s Class of 1941 Studio, those in attendance were invited to “strange” the familiarity of stones, followed by Jimmy’s aesthetically moving multi-modal performance.
Congratulations, Jimmy, from S3S!