Archive for Issue 1

Vol. 5.1: Rhetoric on the Move

“Volume 5.1 continues our mission of publishing a wide variety of rhetorical scholarship on a vast expanse of important contemporary topics. Articles in this issue span the sacred and the secular, the deeply personal and the broadly political. The articles share an interest in movement—how rhetoric moves and exhorts audiences to move”

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.””

Wonder Woman Revealed

Seductive Rhetoric and the Communicative Art of Neo-Burlesque

Maggie M. Werner

“The symbolic practices of seductive rhetoric oppose stable meanings via strategies that highlight play and pleasure and indeterminacy in order to celebrate artifice and to dazzle audiences with dynamic and changing signs.”

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.”

Humanitarian and Democratic Consequences at the Intersection of Economic Globalization and Rhetorical Strategy: Extending the Conversation on SB 1070

Jennifer J. Asenas, Kevin A. Johnson

“SB 1070 was an inhumane bill that contributed to the continued criminalization of people of color.”

Diverging railroad tracks

Participant Agency and Mixed Methods: Viewing Divergent Data through the Lens of Genre Field Analysis

Ryan M. Moeller, Rebecca Walton, Ryan Price

“The insights afforded by GFA matter—especially for research that is designed to create spaces in which to listen to marginalized people’s perspectives.”

Rhetoric and the Scientific Imagination book cover

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. “

Open Hand cover

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.”