Sarah Elizabeth Adams

USA35  University Park, PA

Sarah Elizabeth Adams

Sarah Adams is a PhD candidate in English at Penn State University, where she specializes in rhetoric and composition. Her work focuses on the intersection of rhetoric and sound studies—a relatively new direction in research called “sonic rhetoric.” Of particular interest to Adams is how rhetorical scholarship and instruction is saturated with sound and percussive metaphors, like “voice,” “rhythm,” “tone,” and “resonance.” Adams brings her background in percussion performance to bear on her scholarly research agenda. She holds a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from Rutgers University, where she studied with She-e Wu and Christopher Deviney and performed at PASIC as a member of the Rutgers Percussion Ensemble. Before turning to the discipline of English, Adams was a member of the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps and taught private lessons and front ensembles in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.

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“Rhetoric & Rhythm: The Persuasive Power of Percussion”

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Room 204

Penn State Graduate Program in English

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