Feminist Rhetorical Practices
New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Southern Illinois University Press
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You are about to read a comprehensive and forward-looking account of what feminist research in rhetoric has accomplished over the last three decades—a period that happens to coincide with the core of my own professional life. I remember the mounting excitement as feminist work...
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Part One: A Call for Action in Research, Teaching, and Learning
1. Our Own Stories of Professional Identity
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Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition,
and Literacy Studies is designed to explore and engage the terrain of
feminist rhetorical studies as an arena for intellectual work that is coming
more clearly into its own.
As the coauthors of this volume, we have come to our interests in this...
2. Documenting a Need for Change in Rhetorical Studies
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In this volume, we focus primarily on the history of rhetoric (as compared with composition and literacy) and undertake four critical tasks. First, we delineate major shifts in recent decades in rhetorical inquiry, thus describing a new and changed landscape for narratives in the history of...
Part Two: Re-visioning History, Theory, and Practice
3. Tectonic Shifts in Rhetorical Practices
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Picking up on the terms discussed in chapter 2, this chapter focuses more closely on mapping out the shift in rhetorical studies from traditional paradigms based largely on Western cultural expectations and values to paradigms that make considerably more room, as Peggy McIntosh...
4. Feminist Rhetorical Studies as a Robust Interdisciplinary Framework
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The interdisciplinary means by which feminist rhetorical studies occurs take advantage of contextual and textual knowledge, resonating with the ways in which similar work has been occurring in other areas in English studies and beyond, including studies focused on women, communication...
Part Three: Recasting Paradigms for Inquiry, Analysis, and Interpretation
5. Critical Imagination
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As Royster points out in Traces of a Stream, the use of critical imagination functions as one of several inquiry tools available for developing a critical stance in order to engage more intentionally and intensely in various intellectual processes. The idea is to account for what we “know”...
6. Strategic Contemplation
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As we state in chapter 2, we consider our four terms of engagement as terministic screens that interact dynamically with each other to create new knowledge and understanding. Ultimately, with the term strategic contemplation, we want to reclaim a genre of research and scholarship traditionally...
7. Social Circulation
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As we describe in chapter 2, we chose the term social circulation as leverage for understanding complex rhetorical interactions across space and time. The desired analytical outcome is to enhance the capacity to reimagine the dynamic functioning of women’s work in domains of discourse...
8. Globalizing the Point of View
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In our postimperial world, we are pressed to acknowledge the presence of others globally and to find ways to treat globality as a core analytic by which we interrogate rhetorical performance and accomplishment. The basic argument of this chapter, as suggested in the epigraph by Wendy...
Part Four: Conclusion
9. Charting a New Course for Research and Practice
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In this volume, we have sought to raise the veil of feminist rhetorical studies to reveal its practices and potential and bring to bolder relief ways that these practices impact rhetorical studies itself as an ongoing academic enterprise. One basic goal of the analysis has been to document the...
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Studies In Rhetorics And Feminisms
Other Books in the Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms Series
Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2012