"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."
"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."
"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."
Present Tense would like to congratulate Matthew B. Cox and Michael J. Faris for being accepted into The Best of the Independent Rhetoric & Composition Journals, 2015 (Parlor Press). Their annotated bibliography, “An Annotated Bibliography of LGBTQ Rhetorics,” was published in Vol. 4 Iss. 2. Congrats!
Present Tense is happy to announce that two of our Editors have found new academic homes this past year. Megan Schoen, our co-Managing Editor, is now an Assistant Professor at Oakland University, and Elizabeth Angeli, our Annotated Bibliography Editor, will be moving to Marquette University. We also say goodbye to Alexandra Hidalgo, our outgoing Multimedia Editor, as
"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
"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."
Present Tense will once again have a number of editors attending and presenting at the CCCC Annual Convention and the ATTW Annual Convention, this year in Houston, TX. Be on the lookout for Editors wearing Present Tense pins and feel free to ask us questions about the upcoming issue or about your own submissions.
"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."
"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."