Articles & Reviews

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LeBron’s Essay and the Circulation of Regional Rhetoric

Jens Lloyd

“Just as The Essay wouldn’t be The Essay without LeBron, The Essay wouldn’t be The Essay without NE Ohio. What comes to matter in circulation, as a result of circulation, is that The Essay is marked by its regional appeal.”

“There is Already Something Wrong”: Toward a Rhetorical Framework for Aging

Rick Wysocki

“It is critical that scholars explore not only the emergent movement to end aging but also the phenomenon of aging itself, and that they do so from humanistic as well as scientific perspectives.”

Vol. 6.1: Embodied and Affective Rhetorics

“This issue features a range of topics, but despite their diversity, the articles share a common thread of embodiment and affect, two areas toward which much current rhetorical scholarship is directed. While theories of embodiment and affect frame just a few of these essays, all of them reflect the centrality of bodies and emotion in discourse.”

Composing Artificial Intelligence: Performing Whiteness and Masculinity

Patricia Fancher

“This analysis suggests that, in order to interrupt the injustices that flourish in Silicon Valley and in tech culture, we must rhetorically and systematically disentangle masculinity and whiteness from intelligence.”

Children’s Art from Guantanamo

The Crossing as Constitutional Rhetoric: Balsero Art and Identity from Cuban Refugee Camps and Implications for Cuban-American Relations

Shannon Howard

“The drawings made by children are one way to glimpse what it means to be a balsero.”

The Moral Act of Attributing Agency to Nonhumans: What Can Horse ebooks tell us about Rhetorical Agency?

Beth Shirley, Jared S. Colton

“We are emotionally and morally invested in attributing agency, and because of this, it’s important that we also learn to be cautious about that engagement.”

Meme depicting Tiananmen Tank protest

Affective Rhetoric in China’s Internet Culture

James P. Zappen

“The affective rhetoric of China’s Internet culture provides an instructive illustration of a kind of rhetorical activity that preserves but exceeds overt and explicit symbolic or referential meanings: a rhetoric that binds and separates people especially by the circulation of affective energy.”

Dan Savage and Brian Brown

The Dinner Table Debate and the Uses of Hospitality

Eric Leake

“Hospitality is a useful rhetorical concept for the situated dynamics it highlights, its attention to roles and obligations, and the critical questions it raises concerning who gets to host whom, under what conditions, and to what ends.”

Book Review: Owens’ Writing Childbirth

Kelly A. Whitney

“Throughout the book, Owens recognizes and values the agentic moves of first-time mothers who leverage educational knowledge in their birth plans and those who draw from their own experiential knowledge of childbirth. In doing so, she resists privileging either knowledge.”

Vol. 5.3: Rhetoric and Social Justice

“In this issue, we learn that what gets written into law is as important as what gets intentionally omitted and that campus timely warnings are likely neither timely nor warning. We also learn the value of hashtags in cultivating concerned publics, how cynicism can be productive, and how public rhetoric can be a symbolic and material activity.”

Image of chained hands

Rhetoric Matters: Race and ‘Slavery’ in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

John Gagnon

“The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) tells us a story through which we can more closely examine how the law has functioned in both constructing and affirming certain cultural discourses about human trafficking.”

Young man holding "I am a timely warning" sign

Eight Years a “Wooden Opponent”: Genre Change (and its Lack) in Campus Timely Warnings

Kate Pantelides, Derek N. Mueller, Gabriel Green

“Because the Timely Warning genre positions the university community as a “wooden opponent” – it cannot succeed in its goal of developing relationships to maintain safety.”

Photograph of "Hands up, Don't Shoot" sign on bridge

Ecologies of Race in the Public Rhetoric Classroom

Nathaniel A. Rivers

“What I have offered is less an employable set of texts, lessons, or advice, and more the performance of a teacher coming to terms with race in pedagogy both during and after the course. What I have done is (re)turn to rhetoric.”

Protest against George W. Bush speaking at Beth El synagogue in St. Louis Park

Re-seeing Abu Ghraib: Cynical Rhetoric as Civic Engagement

Laura Sparks

“By re-imagining cynicism’s utility as a productive stance, we can identify several tactics for intervention in matters of political and ethical import. Adopting cynicism requires us to introduce provocative language in the public sphere.”

Anti-racist Activism and the Transformational Principles of Hashtag Publics: From #HandsUpDontShoot to #PantsUpDontLoot

James Alexander McVey, Heather Suzanne Woods

“Clarifying the rhetorical potential for hashtags as an organizational tool demonstrates the caution with which protesters must approach the task of organizing online.”