New Faculty, Student Publications

Essays appear in WJC, Argumentation & Advocacy, Popular Communication

UM Department of Communication faculty and graduate students have recently published several articles and book chapters.

Associate professor Dale Hample, along with Ph.D. students Adam Richards and Ling Na are the authors of an article in a special section of the latest issue of the Western Journal of Communication that examines advances in research on serial arguments. Entitled "A Test of the Conflict Linkage Model in the Context of Serial Arguments," the Hample, Richards, and Na essay "tests Honeycutt's conflict linkage theory in the context of serial arguing. Reports on the characteristics of imagined interactions were obtained before, after, and between two episodes of the same serial argument. Analysis (N = 223) showed that imagined interactions affect the goals and tactics used in serial arguments. Imagined interactions have strong relationships among themselves, and this is a stronger effect than that of the arguments on the imagined interactions. Results support conflict linkage theory and add consistent support to the emerging empirical description of the internal dynamics of serial arguing processes." Citation: Hample, D., Richards, A.S., & Na, L. (2012). A test of the conflict linkage model in the context of serial arguments." Western Journal of Communication 76, 459-479. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2012.703361

Professor Edward L. Fink and Ph.D. alumna Bing Han have authored an essay in the latest issue of Argumentation & Advocacy. Han & Fink suggest in their analysis that "Studies of statistical versus narrative messages have been inconsistent as to which message type is more persuasive. The current study clarifies this issue by identifying evidentiary features that make each message type gain a persuasive advantage over the other. Amount of evidence and perceived vividness were tested as message features that enhance the perceived persuasiveness of statistical and narrative messages, respectively. The participants were students (N = 130) from undergraduate communication classes. Perceived vividness was found to make the perceived persuasiveness of narrative evidence greater than that of statistical evidence, whereas amount of evidence functions mainly to the advantage of statistical evidence. Two messages were studied, and message order made a difference. Regardless of message topic, the second message was found to be more consistent with the hypotheses than the first. Citation: Han, B., & Fink, E.L. (2012). How do statistical and narrative evidence affect persuasion?: The role of evidentiary features. Argumentation & Advocacy, 49, 39-58.

Professor Trevor Parry-Giles has authored an essay appearing in Popular Communication. Entitled "The Chronotopic Clinton: Rhetorics of (a) Political Character in Popular Culture, this essay argues that "Like many presidents before him, Bill Clinton is a complex and varied repository of meaning. Operating alongside conventional historical treatments, popular culture presents visions of presidents, and Clinton in particular, that are in many ways more intimate and more multifaceted than those found in traditional biography. This analysis considers three such popular culture texts that all feature Clinton as a main character-the 1996 novel Primary Colors, the 2003 novel The X President, and the 2010 HBO film The Special Relationship. Specifically, the essay explores how each of these texts enliven an understanding of Clinton through their constructions of him as a chronotope-a character firmly defined by his palcement within a particular temporal-spatial nexus. Ultimately, this analysis considers how the chronotopic Clinton offers ideological visions of Clinton's political character, of Clinton as president of the United States, and of the American presidency as an institution." Citation: Trevor Parry-Giles, "The Chronotopic Clinton: Reflections on (a) Political Character in Popular Culture," Popular Communication 10 (2012): 231-244. doi: 10.1080/15405702.2012.682937

Ph.D. student Alyssa Samek is the author of a chapter in the new book Media Depictions of Brides, Women, and Mothers. Newly published by Lexington Books, the new collection of essays is edited by Alena Amato Ruggerio. Citation: Samek, Alyssa A. “Domesticating Matrimonial Monstrosity: Bridezillas and Narratives of Feminine Containment.” In Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers, edited by Alena Amato Ruggerio, 11-25. New York: Lexington Books, 2012. 

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