Past Reading Groups

The Center for Rhetoric in Society periodically hosts reading groups that focus on a variety of issues in Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies or closely related fields. These meetings are an informal chance to discuss this critical work in the field.


Fall 2017 Reading Group

Ahmed, Sara. “Introduction: Find Your Way.” Queer Phenomenology. Duke UP, 2006, 1-24.

Alexander, Jonathan, and Jacqueline Rhodes. “Flattening Effects: Composition’s Multicultural Imperative and the Problem of Narrative Coherence.” College Composition and Communication, 65, 3, 2014, 430-454.

Shahani, Nishant G. “Pedagogical Practices and the Reparative Performance of Failure, or, ‘What Does [Queer] Knowledge Do?’” JAC, 25, 1, 2005, 185-207.

Brouwer, Daniel C. “Counterpublicity and Corporeality in HIV/AIDS Zines.” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 22, 2005, 351-71.

Sewell, John Ike. “‘Becoming Rather Than Being’: Queer’s Double-Edged Discourse as Deconstructive Practice.” Journal of Communication Inquiry, 38, 4, 2014, 291-307.

Rawson, K. J. “Rhetorical History 2.0: Toward a Digital Transgender Archive.” Enculturation, 16, 2013.

Bessette, Jean. “Queer Rhetoric in Situ.” Rhetoric Review, 35, 2, 2016, 148-164.

Dadas, Caroline. “Messy Methods: Queer Methodological Approaches to Researching Social Media.” Computers and Composition, 40, 2016, 60-72.

VanHaitsma, Pamela. “Gossip as Rhetorical Methodology for Queer and Feminist Historiography.” Rhetoric Review, 35, 2, 2016, 135-147.

Chen, Mel Y. “Toxic Animacies, Inanimate Affections.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 17, 2-3, 2011, 265-286.

Jack, Jordynn. “Gender Copia: Feminist Rhetorical Perspectives on an Autistic Concept of Sex/Gender.” Women’s Studies in Communication, 35, 1, 2012, 1-17.

Spring 2018 Reading Group

Davis, Olga Idriss “A Black Woman as Rhetorical Critic: Validating Self and Violating the Space of the Other,” Women’s Studies in Communication, vol. 21, no. 1, Spring 1998, pp. 77-89.

Royster, Jacqueline J. and Molly Cochran. “Human Rights and Civil Rights: The Advocacy and Activism of African American Women Writers,” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 41, no. 3, 2011, pp. 213-230.

Carmen Kynard’s Open, Digital Classroom on Gender, Intersectionality & Black Women’s Rhetorics.

Lane, Liz. “Feminist Rhetoric in the Digital Sphere: Digital Interventions & the Subversion of Gendered Cultural Scripts.” ADA: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology (2007).

Meyer, Michaela D. E. “Women Speak(ing): Forty Years of Feminist Contributions to Rhetoric and an Agenda for Feminist Rhetorical Studies,” Communication Quarterly, vol. 55, no. 1, 2007, pp. 1-17.

*Group Leader: Katie Garahan*

Enoch, Jessica. “A Woman’s Place is in the School: Rhetorics of Gendered Space in Nineteenth-Century America,” College English, vol. 70, no. 3, 2008, pp. 275-295.
Jack, Jordynn. “Acts of Institution: Embodying Feminist Rhetorical Methodologies in Space and Time.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 28, no. 3, 2009, pp. 285-303.

Dolmage, Jay. “Disabled Upon Arrival: The Rhetorical Construction of Disability and Race at Ellis Island,” Cultural Critique, vol. 77, Winter 2011, pp. 24-69.

Koerber, Amy and Mary Lay. “Understanding Women’s Concerns in the International Setting through the Lens of Science and Technology,” Encompassing Gender: Integrating International Studies and Women’s Studies, edited by Mary Lay, Janice J. Monk, and Deborak Silverton Rosenfelt, The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2001, pp. 81-100.