Forthcoming Publication: Strangely Rhetorical by Dr. Jimmy Butts

Strangely Rhetorical establishes the groundwork for strangeness as a lens under the broader interdisciplinary umbrella of rhetoric and composition and shares a series of rhetorical devices for practically thinking about how compositions are made unique. Jimmy Butts explores how strange, novel, weird, and interesting texts work and offers insight into how and why these forms can be invented, created, and stylized to generate the effective delivery of rhetorical messages in fun, divergent ways.

Using a new theoretical framework—that strangeness is inherent within all rhetorical interactions and is potentially useful—Butts demonstrates how rhetoric is always already coming from an Other, offering an ethical context for how defamiliarized texts work with different audiences. Applying examples of seven figures for composing in and across written, aural, visual, electronic, and spatial texts (the WAVES of media), Butts shows how divergence is possible in all sorts of refigured multimodal ways.

Strangely Rhetorical rethinks what exactly rhetoric is and does, considering the ways that strange compositions help rhetors connect across a broad range of networks in a world haunted by distance. This is a book about strange rhetoric for makers and creatives, for students and teachers, for composers of all sorts.

Jimmy Butts is assistant professor of English and director of the University Writing Program at Louisiana State University. He has published work in Communication Design Quarterly, Textshop Experiments, The Kenneth Burke Journal, Itineration, Pre-Text, The Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects, The Writing Lab Newsletter, Digital Humanities Quarterly, The Cybertext Yearbook, and elsewhere.

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