Date of Award

12-16-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

George Pullman

Second Advisor

Ashely Holmes

Third Advisor

Michael Harker

Abstract

This thesis applies of John Swales’ theory of discourse community (DC) to online streaming sites—a context that creates what this thesis defines as a streamed-discourse community—while examining the context of online streamed discussions, and why they are relevant to rhetorical barriers to digital community building within composition/rhetoric scholarship, especially discourse community research such as Swales' that considers how discourse within a group can create distinct types of communities and social activities.

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