Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Type

Master of Arts

Degree Name

Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media

First Advisor

Janine Morris, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Mario D'Agostino, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Juliette Kitchens, Ph.D.


Delivery, Arrangement, Ecology, Visual Rhetorics, Material Rhetorics, Sonic Rhetorics, Waka, Ikebana


Rhetorical applications of delivery and arrangement have grown to reflect the global interconnectedness of cultures, bodies, and material objects. Informed by rhetorical and ecological approaches to delivery and arrangement (Edbauer Rice; Lambke;), this project performs a rhetorical and ecological analysis of ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements) and waka (Classical Japanese poetry) by Meishu-Sama and Saigyō Hōshi. Waka and ikebana, as compositional modes, reveal an interpolation of delivery and arrangement that invites both composer and audience to embody nature. As such, this project examines the visual-material and sonic rhetorics of waka and ikebana in order to discover how delivery and arrangement affect the composition, composer, and audience of the art forms. Rhetoricians who are invested in ecological, material, cross-cultural, and artful applications of canons might benefit from a study of this project with the goal of contributing to discourses on materiality and rhetorical ecological relationships.