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Graffiti and Rhetoric

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Using Banksy as the primary artist of study, this thesis adapts present rhetorical research to understand the importance of location, timing, and credibility for the visual rhetor. Visual Rhetoric is a rapidly growing segment of the communication discipline. Graffiti as a method of communication offers an interesting site of examination for rhetorical theories both classic and contemporary. This thesis engages current lines of research on kairos, ethos and place-as-rhetoric to understand how graffiti means, and what role it can play in social movements and personal identity. Standards of kairotic speech for visual rhetoric are theorized. Understanding ethos as dwelling place reveals the underlying principles of Banksy’s success. Finally, using graffiti the rhetorical scholar is able to uncover how meaning becomes associated with particular places and potential strategies for altering that meaning.
subject
Banksy
Graffiti
contributor
Brass, Oliver M. (author)
Atchison, Jarrod (committee chair)
Davis, Michael (committee member)
date
2015-06-23T08:35:41Z (accessioned)
2015-06-23T08:35:41Z (available)
2015 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/57112 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
Graffiti and Rhetoric
type
Thesis

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