While hurricanes are weather events that may become human/ecological tragedies, they might help create stylized moments too. Hurricanes can be distinctive from each other in message and in the tools they use as their material aspects (wind speed or storm surge) interact with cities, social structures, and popular media messages. One way to explore hurricane styles is through forms of affective mapping. This exploration analyzes features of several hurricanes that made landfall in 21st-century North America in combination with considerations of affect around hurricanes. The combination of material and affective elements of hurricanes might allow rhetorical style to serve as a way of rethinking hurricanes and their connections, from the individual level to global climate change.
Matthew J. Newcomb is Associate Professor in the Department of English at SUNY New Paltz. Correspondence to: Matthew J. Newcomb, Department of English, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Matthew J. Newcomb; Hurricane Style. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 15 December 2020; 9 (4): 60–76. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.4.60
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