Rhetorica in Motion
Feminist Rhetorical Methods and Methodologies
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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It’s an honor and a pleasure to write the first words in this wonderful new collection that takes Rhetorica one step further from her static historical representation and moves her into new spaces with new tools. Rhetorica in Motion explores how all the work on feminist rhetorical theory...
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Introduction: Researching Feminist Rhetorical Methods and Methodologies
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In titling this volume Rhetorica in Motion, we acknowledge the historical image of Rhetorica, a queen bearing a sword.1 We also acknowledge the work set into motion by Andrea Lunsford and the members of Annette Kolodny’s graduate seminar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)...
1. Theoretical and Methodological Challenges
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Refiguring Rhetorica: Linking Feminist Rhetoric and Disability Studies
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Feminism and disability studies ought to be powerful allies. Feminist rhetorical methods provided a foundation for the emerging field of disability studies in the humanities in the late 1980s. And in the 1990s, disability studies theories and methods developed synergistically with feminism...
Queering Feminist Rhetorical Canonization
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In The Western Canon, Harold Bloom (1994, 35) describes the canon as “exist[ing] precisely in order to impose limits, to set a standard of measurement that is anything but political or moral.” As Bloom describes it, canonization is an inherently normativizing process—canons exist by...
Cosmopolitanism and the Geopolitics of Feminist Rhetoric
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In “Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Orient” Caren Kaplan demonstrates the power of cosmopolitan travel and its imperialist entailments in global feminist discourse. In this romantic image of Clinton as a “citizen of the world,” taking up the cause of third world women’s oppression, we...
Growing Routes: Rhetoric as the Study and Practice of Movement
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In 2002, I began collecting literacy narratives from postwar generation Vietnamese women in order to understand the ways in which acquiring English is sponsored and compelled by capitalism’s expansion in the third world (see Crawford 2007). At that time, I categorized the...
2. Reflective Applications
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Making Pathways: Inventing Textual Research Methods in Feminist Rhetorical Studies
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As a scholar first trying to establish a research agenda as a tenure-track faculty member, I found that early efforts to articulate my research agenda to a general scholarly audience in faculty evaluation reports and grant applications were uncertain at best. I lacked a language to satisfactorily...
Rhetorics of Possibility: Challenging the Textual Bias of Rhetoric through the Theory of the Flesh
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In the summer of 2002, I found myself in Mexico City looking for Malintzin Tenepal, known to some as La Malinche or Doña Marina Malintzin. This woman, who was Hernan Cortés’s lover and translator, as well as the symbolic mother of Mexican and Chicana/o peoples, had been a...
Mining the Collective Unconscious: With Responses from Ruth Ray and Gwen Gorzelsky
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Some two years ago, my colleague Ruth Ray, a composition scholar and feminist gerontologist (2000, 2008), told me about an archive of nearly one thousand case files stored in a closet at the Hannan Foundation, a senior services center in downtown Detroit, a short walk from our offices...
Researching Literacy as a Lived Experience
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Much important work in rhetoric and composition is derived from a specifically feminist orientation. While some of this work focuses on empirical methods and methodologies, outside of case study research we still lack both a strong orientation toward empirical research and a significant...
Rhetorica Online: Feminist Research Practices in Cyberspace
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The World Wide Web is an important space and media in which people communicate and scholars study the rhetorics of diverse populations. Type, for example, “women’s groups online” into Google, and as of May 2008 the number of hits returned will be approximately 150,000. ...
3. Pedagogical Postscript
Writing as Feminist Rhetorical Theory
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What would it mean to read feminists as rhetorical theorists of writing, rather than predominately as social theorists? What can this sort of directed reading teach us about writing and rhetoric? And what can we do with what we learn? These questions lead me to explore a method for...
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Index [Includes Spine and Back Cover]
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Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture