Digital Rhetoric and Multimedia Argument Projects

Virginia Kuhn, USC Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts, lead a summer boot camp on Digital Rhetoric and Multimedia Argument. Completed in only a few days, these video projects represent a form of digital argument, a mode of expression that includes several registers of meaning: textual, aural, and visual, combined very precisely in a video-based format. Indeed, the video essay has seen a renaissance in recent years: although the spread of digital editing and hosting tools is not all that new, academic acceptance of this form of argument is becoming common as prominent journals are publishing peer-reviewed video essays. These pieces follow standard citation conventions and conform to the doctrine of fair use. 

2020 Digital Rhetoric Projects

"Obsessed, Unbound"


Muriel Leung
USC Mellon Humanities in a Digital World Ph.D. Fellow (2020-2022)
Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate Creative Writing and Literature, University of Southern California


"Obsessed, Unbound" explores the relationship between Asian American identity and queer obsession. Blending memoir, critical theory, essay, and film, this video essay collages different scenes from Asian and Asian American films portraying Asian women, femmes, and nonbinary people in different moments of romantic or erotically inclined connection. The full text of this essay will be published in The Texas Review.

"La Brea"


Sui Wang
Humanities in a Digital World Boot Camp Participant (Summer 2020)
Current Position: Graduate Student, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, USC

Created during the 2020 Digital Rhetoric Boot Camp, "La Brea" is inspired by Stephen Shore's photogrpah, La Brea & Beverly Hill's Matrix. In her video essay, Wang traces the story of this Los Angeles intersection, with references to the 1970s art scene in the U.S. and the history of color photography.

2019 Digital Rhetoric Projects

"Nora Charles Goes to Rehab"


Zachary Mann
USC Mellon Humanities in a Digital World Ph.D. Fellow (2019-2021)
Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate in English, University of Southern California

Madrid City Symphony


Jackie Sheean
USC Humanities in a Digital World Summer 2019 Boot Camp Scholar
Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature, University of Southern California 

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