folio volume 14 is now online

After a bit of a delay, folio 14 is now online. This volume features links to the conference drafts of some of the essays which, in conjunction with the process notes, ought to give you a decent sense of how each of these essays moved from the draft stage to their final version.   “Who…

Process Notes by Melvin Soh Chin Aik

When attempting to do a comparative analysis between two sources, it is important to select sources that illuminate different perspectives of an issue. While I initially intended to use videos from the same organization across time, I was unable to find the right sources to show the argument I wanted to make. This led me…

Process Notes by Gladys Khoo Lin Fang

In Dr. Brantner’s WCT class, rhetorical techniques revolving around logos, ethos, and pathos are taught in the context of persuading others. In an attempt to illustrate the usage of various techniques in a more relatable manner, I selected a contemporary parliament speech by NMP Siew, who petitioned for the repeal of Section 377A during a…

Embarrassment in Narrative: Why People Tell Embarrassing Stories of Themselves by Wee Zi Jian

Introduction It is peculiar that stories of personal embarrassment emerge in everyday conversation, since they place the narrator in a compromised position, and may cause the narrator to lose face or social standing. Nevertheless, such embarrassing narratives are prevalent in everyday interaction, suggesting they serve important purposes. Indeed, “the stories that we tell about our…

Process Notes by Wee Zi Jian

This research paper was the capstone of my WCT module, UWC2101D Narrative in Everyday Life. The writing process behind it essentially comprises 3 main parts: formulating an interesting research question, applying the essay writing skills learnt in class, and finally rewriting it based on comments from peers and Prof Vail. Thinking of an interesting topic…

Process Notes by Poh Yang Rong Matthew

Back in semester 1 of AY14-15, I had the opportunity to take both Technologies of Home in USP and Principles of Property Law in my home faculty. Both these modules explored the seemingly simple concept of ‘home’ in very different, yet profound ways. For my final WCT paper, I wanted to marry what I have…