Articles & Reviews

Volume 4, Issue 2

Vol. 4.2: Negotiated Locations of Rhetoric

“The editors of Present Tense are pleased to announce a new issue focused on a range of topics, from race and law to the politics of higher education. Volume 4.2 includes articles that explore rhetoric as it exists in many different places, especially as it is employed by disempowered and disenfranchised groups in politically contested locations.”

Hong Kong tourists donning Chinese Cultural Revolution Costumes

Grassroots Tactics and the Appropriation of State Nationalist Rhetoric: Protest, Mockery, and Performance in Hong Kong

Shui-yin Sharon Yam

“When groups are not allowed access to participate on the dominant platform, they “make do” by refashioning the space using everyday materials that are available to them”

NCAA football

“Student-Athletes” and the Rhetorical Consequences of Naming

J. Michael Rifenburg

“Stakeholders may celebrate the nod toward academics in the term student­athlete; however, such a descriptor serves only to reinforce the marginalized status of over 450,000 student-athletes in American higher education.”

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Urgency, Anxiety, and Getting to Work: Paranoid Temporality and the Marketing of Higher Education

Jeanne Marie Rose

“Phoenix’s advertisements galvanize a fear of the now and challenge prospective students to respond, framing the opportune moment as a last chance at economic security.”

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Contexts of Lived Realities in SB 1070 Arizona: A Response to Asenas and Johnson’s “Economic Globalization and the ‘Given Situation’”

Cruz Medina, Aja Y. Martinez

“We advocate for a needed awareness on the criminalizing of brown and black bodies within the borderlands.”

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Technical Rhetorics: Making Specialized Persuasion Apparent to Public Audiences

Erin A. Frost, Michelle F. Eble

“We argue that “technical rhetorics” is a concept that has affordances for thinking about how to critically
communicate with public audiences about
specialized information.”

Credit: Matt Cox

An Annotated Bibliography of LGBTQ Rhetorics

Matthew B. Cox, Michael J. Faris

“This bibliography may also be useful to scholars looking
to publish in queer rhetorics to identify journals that
have been particularly open or hospitable to certain
queer approaches.”

Perrault's Communicating Popular Science

Book Review: Perrault’s Communicating Popular Science

Kelly Harris

“Sarah Tinker Perrault examines popular science writing to highlight how communication between science and civic society has inhibited the formation of a democratic process of communication between these two populations.”

Buchanan's Rhetoric's of Motherhood

Book Review: Buchanan’s Rhetorics of Motherhood

Maria Novotny

“Rhetorics of Motherhood unveils this discursive construction of motherhood within three distinct historical and American contexts to theorize motherhood as a rhetorical strategy that both disadvantages and advantages women.”

Vol 4.1

Vol. 4.1: Rhetoric and The Public Sphere

“The editors of Present Tense are excited to announce a new issue focused on meaningful political rhetoric, insightful technical rhetoric, and thoughtful critical reviews . Volume 4.1 connects rhetoric and the public sphere and includes cogent articulations of how rhetoric functions in free speech, contested legal issues, and unexpected digital realms.”

Westboro counter protest

Freedom of Speech and the Function of Public Discourse

Michael Donnelly

“Westboro Baptist Church has made clear that they have no real interest in any form of discussion, debate, or deliberation; moreover, they appear fundamentally opposed to the very democracy they’ve appealed to for protection.”

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Enthymeme as Rhetorical Algorithm

Kevin Brock

“The enthymeme, while serving as the central basis for heuristic invention, also works at the local or sentence level as a rhetorically oriented algorithmic procedure through which a rhetor determines the most probable success in persuading an audience to action”

Jan Brewer

Economic Globalization and the “Given Situation”: Jan Brewer’s Use of SB 1070 as an Effective Rhetorical Response to the Politics of Immigration

Jennifer J. Asenas, Kevin A. Johnson

“the realities of economic globalization are an essential feature of the political “given situation””

Computer Lab

Program Review: Digital Composing and the Invention of a Program: Comprehensive Assessment and Faculty Development, Part 2

Ed Nagelhout, Denise Tillery

“Assessment, from our perspective, should help us understand what we are doing and improve the ways that we are doing it.”