Retellings: Opportunities for Feminist Research in Rhetoric and Composition Studies (Hardcover)
In Retellings: Opportunities for Feminist Research in Rhetoric and Composition Studies, the contributors use the anniversary of the publication of Cheryl Glenn's Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity Through the Renaissance, the first book to examine women's contributions to rhetoric across history, as an opportune moment to assess feminist rhetorical research and test out new possibilities. Together, the essays ask, what does it or should it mean to engage rhetoric from a feminist perspective?
Each chapter addresses one of four aspects of this question, including the place of feminist rhetoric in contemporary (real-world and transnational) politics; the relationship between feminist rhetorical studies and identity studies; the prospects for feminist research methods and methodologies; or the feminist rhetorical commitment to "paying it forward" through teaching and mentoring. Collectively, the essays push scholars to expand the national boundaries of rhetorical inquiry to include women's roles in global politics. Contributors also engage in intersectional analyses of gender and other vectors of power (including, here, religious affiliation and sexuality), considering identities as epistemic resources for rhetors. To develop richer methods and methodologies, contributors highlight the ethical challenges of research practices ranging from IRB submissions to archival research, critically interrogating the positionality of the researcher with relation to her subjects and materials. Finally, contributors address the needs and interests of diverse readers when they highlight how feminist perspectives challenge traditional models of teaching and mentorship.
Contributors include Heather Brook Adams, Jean Bessette, Michelle F. Eble, Jessica Enoch, Rosalyn Collings Eves, Karen A. Foss, Sonja K. Foss, Lyn e Lewis Gaillet, Cheryl Glenn, Anita Helle, Jordynn Jack, A. Abby Knoblauch, Shirley Wilson Logan, Briggite Mral, Krista Ratcliffe, Cristina D. Ram rez, Elaine Richardson, Wendy B. Sharer, and Berit von der Lippe.