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Feminist Connections, Feminist Connections, 0817320644, 0-8173-2064-4, 978-0-8173-2064-5, 9780817320645, , Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique, Feminist Connections, 0817393226, 0-8173-9322-6, 978-0-8173-9322-9, 9780817393229, , Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critiqu

Feminist Connections
Rhetoric and Activism across Time, Space, and Place
Edited by Katherine Fredlund, Kerri Hauman, and Jessica Ouellette

Trade Cloth
2020. 312 pp.
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2020. 312 pp.
12 B&W figures / 1 table
Price:  $59.95 d

Highlights feminist rhetorical practices that disrupt and surpass boundaries of time and space
In 1917, Alice Paul and other suffragists famously picketed in front of the White House while holding banners with short, pithy sayings such as “Mr. President: How long must women wait for Liberty?” Their juxtaposition of this short phrase with the image of the White House (a symbol of liberty and justice) relies on the same rhetorical tactics as memes, a genre contemporary feminists use frequently to make arguments about reproductive rights, Black Lives Matter, sex-positivity, and more. Many such connections between feminists of different spaces, places, and eras have yet to be considered, let alone understood. Feminist Connections: Rhetoric and Activism across Time, Space, and Place reconsiders feminist rhetorical strategies as linked, intergenerational, and surprisingly consistent despite the emergence of new forms of media and intersectional considerations.
Contributors to this volume highlight continuities in feminist rhetorical practices that are often invisible to scholars, obscured by time, new media, and wildly different cultural, political, and social contexts. Thus, this collection takes a nonchronological approach to the study of feminist rhetoric, grouping chapters by rhetorical practice rather than time, content, or choice of media.
By connecting historical, contemporary, and future trajectories, this collection develops three feminist rhetorical frameworks: revisionary rhetorics, circulatory rhetorics, and response rhetorics. A theorization of these frameworks explains how feminist rhetorical practices (past and present) rely on similar but diverse methods to create change and fight oppression. Identifying these strategies not only helps us rethink feminist rhetoric from an academic perspective but also allows us to enact feminist activist rhetorics beyond the academy during a time in which feminist scholarship cannot afford to remain behind its hallowed yet insular walls.
Katherine Fredlund is associate professor of English and director of the First-Year Writing Program at University of Memphis. Her scholarship has appeared in Rhetoric Review, College English, Peitho, Composition Forum, Feminist Teacher, and elsewhere.
Kerri Hauman is associate professor of writing, rhetoric, and composition and codirector of the First-Year Seminar Program at Transylvania University. Her scholarship has appeared in Pedagogy, Composition Studies, and Feminist Teacher.
Jessica Ouellette is assistant professor of English and women and gender studies and director of Writing Programs at the University of Southern Maine. Her scholarship has appeared in Computers and Composition, Peitho, Harlot, and elsewhere.
“This collection puts forward a groundbreaking methodology for exploring connections between feminist texts across time. Asking critics to momentarily suspend context, content, and media, the contributors foreground similarities between rhetorical strategies that emerged at different moments of feminist activism. This method enables critics to see the interstitial and intersectional relationships between and among feminist rhetorics of all eras, arguments, and media. This methodology enables critics to put into conversation Victorian novels with #LikeALadyDoc, Ida B. Wells with #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, Jane Addams with #EuEmpregadaDoméstica, women telegraphers with women coders, and early birth control technology with HIV prevention drugs.”
—Belinda A. Stillion Southard, author of How to Belong: Women’s Agency in a Transnational World
"This beautiful collection of essays puts time, place, and space into rhetorical conversations that revisit and mash up traditional components of classical rhetoric. The editors clearly organize these interesting articles into three sections (revisionary, circulatory, response) that break new ground in archival and feminist research—focusing on various technologies, genres, and digital collections/work. Highlighting available means and rhetorical strategies, contributors address nuances of Rhetorical Transversal Methodology (RTM) in ways that illuminate/reify enduring significance of narratives we already know while shining light on new stories/storytelling. The result is most impressive, producing new theories for future research, novel understandings of both historical social movements and our own, and models for re-envisioning archival research methods and delivering these findings."
—judges' citation for the Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award from the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition (honorable mention)

“In their beautifully conceived and timely anthology, Feminist Connections: Rhetoric and Activism across Time, Space and Place, Katherine Fredlund, Kerri Hauman, and Jessica Ouellette manage what has seemed to be impossible. They’ve successfully disrupted feminist reception histories while seamlessly illuminating feminist social movement histories, feminist rhetorical strategies (both means and tools), and feminist technological epistemologies. Their collection, anchored in a method they refer to as ‘Rhetorical Transversal Methodology’ (or RTM), prompts readers to face twenty-first-century questions of ‘feminist rhetorical practices’; ‘historiographic relationships, intersections, and trajectories’; and the constitution of ‘digital work’ itself.”
—Cheryl Glenn, University Distinguished Professor of English, Penn State University, and author of Rhetorical Feminism and This Thing Called Hope
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