Articles & Reviews

Pope Francis

The Attractions of Imperfection: Pope Francis’s Undisciplined Rhetoric

Paul Lynch

“Since his election in March 2013, Pope Francis has sparked unending interpretive anxiety in the American media, anxiety so acute that it has been named a syndrome: WPFMTS, or “What Pope Francis Meant to Say.””

Picking Up the Fragments of the 2012 Election: Memes, Topoi, and Political Rhetoric

Ben Wetherbee

“The fact that Internet memes significantly influenced the discourse around the 2012 presidential election suggests that rhetoricians should take memetics seriously.”

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Book Review: Kroll’s The Open Hand

Justin Nevin

“The principals of aikido, meditative breathing, Japanese calligraphy, and soft argumentation constitute four slices of the same pie, whatever their respective origins and pedagogical risks. Kroll recognizes the need for closed-fist argumentation while seeking to moderate its use.”

Rhetoric in American Anthropology

Book Review: Applegarth’s Rhetoric in American Anthropology

Jennifer C. Mallette

“Despite some drawbacks, one likely unavoidable given the targeted audience, Applegarth succeeds in her rhetorical archeology, recovering lost or hidden texts and restoring their place within anthropological disciplinary formation.”

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Book Review: Roundtree’s Computer Simulation, Rhetoric, and the Scientific Imagination

Stuart Blythe

“Roundtree argues that computer simulation requires a unique type of scientific discourse because simulations do not fit neatly into common models of science. “

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.”

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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.”