Archive for Issue 2

Welcome to the Second Issue

Issue 2 evinces an explicit commitment to analyzing the ethical contours of emerging rhetorics. The authors of Issue 2 analyze rhetorics and employ diverse theoretical frameworks in a variety of national and international contexts with a general eye toward the ethical implications of social, political, economic, and material structures.

US and Mexico Border Wall

Of Ideologies, Economies, and Cultures: Three Meditations on the Arizona Border

Victor Villanueva

“When the threat of war presents itself, raise the castle drawbridge; bar the fortress gates; circle the wagons. When the scale of warfare is global or hemispheric, seal the borders.”

Ayn Rand, Conservative Populists, and the Creed of Self-Immolation

Brian Jackson

“Atlas’s majestic shrugging is the ultimate revenge fantasy for those who believe the government and all those who support market intervention have demonized the most useful, creative, and productive members of society.”

Methodological Dwellings: A Search for Feminisms in Rhetoric & Composition

Jennifer Sano-Franchini, Donnie Sackey, and Stacey Pigg

“It occurred to us that people learning about our field may benefit from a better sense of where feminism lives in the hidden spaces of rhetoric and composition: in the practices and attitudes of those who constitute the field.”

Adapting American Visual Rhetoric in Post-Cold War Bulgaria

Joshua Parker

“After writing about a visit to Bulgaria in 1996, I returned ten years later hoping to judge whether my original application of Baudrillard’s theory on the evolution of consumer society still held up…”

In Defense of Gut Feelings: Rhetorics of Decision-Making

Nathaniel A. Rivers

“It is through gut feelings that we begin to think critically, collect and analyze information, and decide. Gut feelings do not stand in opposition to critical thinking; they stand beneath, support, and shape it.”

Program Review: Service Learning in Post-Katrina New Orleans – the Jesuit Way

Kelly Brotzman

“At Jesuit universities, the task is not just to form better citizens but also to form persons who use the principles of Ignatian spirituality to ‘perceive, think, judge, choose and act for the rights of others…'”

Book Review: Activism and Rhetoric as Required Reading

Gae Lyn Henderson

“Each essay reports specific cases of rhetorical intervention in local and global issues. Both professors and students will find models for their roles in the democratic tradition, as public/organic intellectuals, or… ‘part-time peaceniks.'”