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Droge, Simone. "Learning from Leela: The Rhetoric of Isolation and Teaching with Archives." 2022.
This thesis contains two parts. The first part examines the rhetoric of isolation through an analysis of letters from a tuberculosis sanatorium, written by the author’s great aunt before she died. These letters, put next to contemporary texts of isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic, illuminate how we can continue to build our identities and relationships in solitude, and the role of hope in that process. The second part of this thesis offers a conceptual frame that views social media as a living archive and an access tool for teaching first-year students of writing core concepts such as arrangement, audience, context, and purpose. Part II also contains an example project sheet for having students build their own archive of materials, including an analytical assignment portion.
Advisor: Shari J. Stenberg