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Rhetoric in the Flesh: Trained Vision, Technical Expertise, and the Gross Anatomy Lab

by T. Kenny Fountain
Format
Book
Published
New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
Language
English
Series
ATTW Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication
ISBN
9780415741026, 0415741025, 9780415741033, 0415741033, 9781315815459
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Summary
"Rhetoric in the Flesh is the first book-length ethnographic study of the gross anatomy lab to explain how rhetorical discourses, multimodal displays, and embodied practices facilitate learning and technical expertise and how they shape participants' perceptions of the human body. By investigating the role that discourses, displays, and human bodies play in the training and socialization of medical students, T. Kenny Fountain contributes to our theoretical and practical understanding of the social factors that make rhetoric possible and material in technical domains. Thus, the book also explains how these displays, discourses, and practices lead to the trained perspective necessary for expertise. This trained vision is constructed over time through what Fountain terms embodied rhetorical action, an intertwining of body-object-environment that undergirds all scientific, medical, and technical work. This book will be valuable for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in technical and professional communication (technical communication theory and practice, visual or multimodal communication, medical technical communication) and rhetorical studies, including visual rhetoric, rhetoric of science, medical rhetoric, material rhetoric and embodiment, and ethnographic approaches to rhetoric."--
Contents
  • Introduction: Developing expertise and learning to see
  • One body to learn another: activities of the anatomy lab
  • Looking at pictures: multimodal displays and perceived affordances
  • Hands-on visuals: embodied observation and rhetorical verification
  • Making beautiful bodies: dissection as an ordering practice
  • Downplaying personhood: anatomical focus and the praise of cadavers
  • Acknowledging personhood: anatomical donation and the gift analogy
  • Conclusion: Embodied rhetorical action
  • Appendix: Data collection and analysis.
Description
xvii, 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-218) and index.
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