Exploring rural rhetoric beyond the landscape, farm, or site of tragedy: Space and place in rural bridge folklore

dc.contributor.advisor LaWare, Maggie
dc.contributor.advisor Kostelnick, Charlie
dc.contributor.advisor Rood, Craig
dc.contributor.advisor Brown, Laura
dc.contributor.advisor Eike, Rachel
dc.contributor.author Cox, Thomas Grayson
dc.contributor.department English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2023-09-01T10:28:41Z
dc.date.available 2023-09-01T10:28:41Z
dc.date.issued 2023-08
dc.date.updated 2023-09-01T10:28:41Z
dc.description.abstract The dissertation argues that the rural is itself a complex, nuanced source of rhetoric. The key findings of the dissertation are rural space and place rhetoric engages with local, national, and global issues. Rural space and place rhetoric is complex and nuanced, rural space and place rhetoric can complicate existing rhetorical concepts, and rural space and place rhetoric offers opportunities to study the rhetorical capacities developed or degraded in the interactions of human and nature. I analyze folklore concerning a selection of rural bridges. In chapter two, a sample of rural folklore concerning bridges gathered through an Internet search uncovers themes that show that rural meaning-making address concerns including race, religion, technology, gender, and childhood within the complexities of local, national, and global culture. In chapter three, I, then, examine the complexity of place-making at a rural site named Rainbow Bridge near Carroll, Iowa. At Rainbow Bridge, where history and design, visual rhetoric, topoi in blending the human and the natural, a ghost story, river and road networks, and graffiti all contribute to making the site a place. Chapter four begins with the purpose of extending the blending of natural and synthetic and considers the rhetorical agency of blending space and place and narrative. In the process of conducting fieldwork to find the site of Terror Bridge near Barnum, Iowa, a strange inversion appeared concerning the credibility of the sources and their guidance about the location of the site. The more seemingly credible sources located the site incorrectly; thus, the chapter also reflects on credibility as seen through a concept of a narratively coherent self to complicate credibility.
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/td-20240329-330
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/Qr9mV7Vr
dc.language.iso en
dc.language.rfc3066 en
dc.subject.disciplines Rhetoric and Composition en_US
dc.subject.keywords Folklore en_US
dc.subject.keywords Haunting en_US
dc.subject.keywords Rhetorical Capacity en_US
dc.subject.keywords Rhetorical Ecology en_US
dc.subject.keywords Rural en_US
dc.subject.keywords Sustainability en_US
dc.title Exploring rural rhetoric beyond the landscape, farm, or site of tragedy: Space and place in rural bridge folklore
dc.type article en_US
dc.type.genre dissertation en_US
dspace.entity.type Publication
thesis.degree.discipline Rhetoric and Composition en_US
thesis.degree.grantor Iowa State University en_US
thesis.degree.level dissertation $
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
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