y Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures :: Maria Novotny
Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Maria Novotny
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Maria Novotny

PhD Student

Office: 273 Bessey Hall

Email: novotn10@msu.edu

Twitter: @marianovotny




Research Areas

Medical rhetoric, cultural rhetorics


I am a doctoral candidate who works at the intersections of medical rhetoric and cultural rhetorics. Specifically, my scholarship investigates how women navigate reproductive healthcare systems and barriers to care. My dissertation project, The ART of Infertility: Conceiving a Participatory Health Intervention Community, documents how I engaged in participatory, community-based methods to collaborate with the infertility community and establish a health and arts-based intervention project, The ART of Infertility. This organization is an art, oral history and portraiture project which develops curated exhibitions of patient-centered narrative artwork for display at a range of infertility sites.

Using arts-based practices as a method of health intervention, I make the case in my dissertation for multimodal composing as an effective intervention strategy for infertile women who encounter medical and sociocultural challenges to care. In doing this, I extend current research in technical communication on effective communication in health contexts, and more specifically offer a community-centered participatory approach for medical rhetoric research. I believe that engagement in cultural rhetorical methods allow for scholars to not only identify health issues in need of intervention, but, to build methodological approaches for facilitating patient-centered practices of care.

Representative Work

Novotny, Maria. (2016). “Remediating Disability: Articulating an Arts-based Pedagogy to Crip the Work of Composition.” Contribution to a collaborative web-text produced for the University of Michigan Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. Available: http://www.digitalrhetoriccollaborative.org/2016/05/30/remediating-disability-articulating-an-arts-based-pedagogy-to-crip-the-work-of-composition/

Novotny, Maria. “Craft as a Memorializing Rhetoric.” (Fall, 2015) Harlot, Crafting and DIY Rhetorics Special Issue. Available: http://harlotofthearts.org/index.php/harlot/article/view/247/172

Novotny, Maria. “ReVITALize Gynecology: Reimagining Apparent Feminism’s Methodology in Participatory Health Intervention Projects.” Communication Design Quarterly (CDQ), (3) 4, 61-74. Available: https://sigdoc.acm.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/CDQ-3.4-August-2015.pdf

Novotny, Maria. “Embryonic Motherhood: Interrogating the Rhetoric of Infertility, Assisted Reproductive Technology and Mothers of Multiples in Tabloid Culture.” (Jan 2016). Mothering Multiples: (Re)exploring, (Re)presenting and Making Meaning of the Process of Becoming Pregnant, Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting Experiences with Multiples, edited collection published by Demeter Press.

Novotny, Maria. (Spring, 2015). “Review of Rhetorics of Motherhood.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society. (4.2) Available: http://www.presenttensejournal.org/volume-4/book-review-buchanans-rhetorics-of-motherhood/

Awards and Recognitions

Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award. CCCC, 2015.
Janice Lauer Award. Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Institute, 2015.
Bedford New Scholars Advisory Board Fellow, 2015.

Research or Academic Affiliations

The ART of Infertility, Co-Director