Articles & Reviews

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.”

False alarm error.

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

Kevin A. Johnson, Jennifer J. Asenas

“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.”

Thomas Rickert's Ambient Rhetoric

Book Review: Rickert’s Ambient Rhetoric

Nicholas Crawford, Michelle Ballif

“Ambient Rhetoric succeeds because it usefully synthesizes and extends a broad range of anti-epistemological stirrings from within and outside of rhetoric studies and because it attempts to come to grips with some of the implications of an anti-epistemological shift.”

Book Review: Restaino's First Semester

Book Review: Restaino’s First Semester

Jennifer Sweeney

“Although Restaino’s treatment of theory could appear tenuous, the text’s weaving of storytelling and philosophy invite readers to examine the necessity of connecting theory to the everyday trials of those who actually practice composition pedagogy in the classroom.”

Literature, Rhetoric and Values

Book Review: Hulan, McArthur, and Harris’ Literature, Rhetoric and Values

Jennifer R. Ballengee

“The editors are quite right in arguing that both literature, because of its speculative qualities, and rhetoric, because of its overt concern with “suasion in all its manifestations,” have a particular connection to the issue of values.”

Volume 3 Issue 2

Vol. 3.2: Inquiries on Injustice

“This current issue of Present Tense once again proves that vulnerable populations deserve our attention as we research, teach, and advocate in our constantly changing world. Specifically, Volume 3.2 brings together articles that attempt to critique unequal representations, highlight unjust situations, and expose unfair practices in the world today.”

Racist Visual Rhetoric and Images of Trayvon Martin

Racist Visual Rhetoric and Images of Trayvon Martin

Lisa Lebduska

“racism is an ongoing discourse that both gives rise to and emerges from many rhetorical moments—it is a continuous force requiring continuous opposition. The discourses of racism are as much visual as they are textual and oral”

IFT Local 6456 on strike at UIC

Thinking Collectively about Academic Labor

This Rhetorical Life

Transgender*: The Rhetorical Landscape of a Term

Transgender*: The Rhetorical Landscape of a Term

K.J. Rawson, Cristan Williams

“We have written this article to intervene in the transgender coinage narrative and to more closely attend to the ways that knowledge is built among and between academic and non-academic communities.”

Hand holding a stethoscope

Embracing the Messy Business of Learning: Serving Multiple Stakeholders in a Technical Communication Internship

Michael J. Klein, Scott Lunsford, Cindy Chiarello

“we can prepare students for the complexities that arise in working with real-world clients by teaching them flexibility in approaching this type of work”

Work in progress

Program Review: Digital Composing and the Invention of a Program: Overcoming History and Starting Over, Part 1

Denise Tillery, Ed Nagelhout

“Our overarching assumption, one that carries through all principles and practices for curricular and program design, is that no one individual should be the center of the program.”