Understanding Rhetorical Ecologies Through Batman

By Nathan Elam

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In her piece “Unframing Models of Public Distribution: From Rhetorical Situation to Rhetorical Ecologies,” Jenny Edbauer-Rice puts forth the argument: “Rather than primarily speaking of rhetoric through the terministic lens of conglomerated elements, I look towards a framework of affective ecologies that recontextualizes rhetorics in their temporal, historical, and lived fluxes” (9). Arguments, in effect, do not live in a vacuum and are inherently affected by the world in which they were crafted and presented. With this article I hope to use Edbauer-Rice’s argument to aid in examining how the changing social and political mores of the 20th century shaped and reflected through the popular culture icon that is Batman. … …

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