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Author(s): Catherine Chaput and Alison Moore
Author(s): Sarah RichardsonAbstract: This article adds to the remembrance of women who have made significant contributions to the autonomy of women’s representations of identity. Olive Oatman’s identity was formed through captivity narratives and newspaper articles written about her, removing her voice and opinion, forging an identity that fell into the expectations for women of the time. Drawing from current feminist theory and using Olive Oatman’s lecture notes, I analyze the rhetorical choices Oatman made to re-claim her identity and disrupt patriarchal expectations. This article argues that examining Olive Oatman’s rhetorical choices helps remember and regain authority for women who made significant advances towards liberation of thought and identity.
Author(s): Amanda HayesAbstract: Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, is traditionally presented by historians and novelists alike as scheming, shrewish, and rhetorically inept. She challenged her audiences, rather than practicing the feminine submissiveness that was expected of women. This essay questions the notion that her rhetoric resulted from a failure to understand her audience or her own inability to control her speech. Reconsidering her rhetorical purposes and audiences opens up new avenues for questioning the gender constraints on Renaissance women and on modern women who seek positions of power, as well as how we think about rhetorical success.
Author(s): Caroline DadasAbstract: Based on a review of 100 popular press articles about #MeToo, I offer a rhetorical analysis of the popular discourse surrounding the movement. I analyze two of the trends that emerged from the #MeToo popular press data that I gathered: the need for an increased intersectional approach; and the exposure of continued rifts in feminist thought. Through this approach, I situate the work of #MeToo as rhetorical, grounded in an understanding of how power functions and can be disrupted.
Author(s): Janine Morris, Hannah J. Rule, and Christina M. LaVecchia
Author(s): Kristina Lucenko
Feminist Citational Mapping as Recovery and Reconsideration: A Methodology for Analyzing Citational Practices
Author(s): Liz Lane, Lori Beth De Hertogh, and Jessica Ouellette
Author(s): Lynée Lewis Gaillet
Author(s): Cheyenne Franklin
Author(s): Amber Nicole Brooks
Transforming Feminist Narratives and Participation of African Marginalized Women through Ceremonial Beads
Author(s): Mavis Boatemaa Beckson
Author(s): Wendy Sharer
Author(s): Jen Wingard
Author(s): Tarez Samra Graban, Heather Adams, Jenny Unghba Korn, Lana Oweidat, Sarah Singer, and Jen EnglandAbstract: On March 13, 2019, the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition sponsored their annual Action Hour at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Pittsburgh. This year's event had a dual focus. First, we gathered to interrogate and explore the critical vocabularies and representational frameworks that feminist scholars in rhetoric and composition had developed to to identify the fraught or hybrid spaces that they occupy, including but not limited to various intersections of sexism and racism. We did so both in response to Kimberlé Crenshaw's landmark texts, and in response to residual challenges of taking up Crenshaw's work authentically and well in all corners of our field. Second, we gathered to commemorate and celebrate the many labors and constant dedication of two esteemed colleagues and of thirteen past presidents. Individually and collectively, through their teaching and service and mentoring and scholarship, these women have left exceptional legacies, and we were glad to dwell together for an evening—in shared space, though on stolen land—to look back on those legacies, and to begin looking forward.
Author(s): Emily Legg
Author(s): Amy E. Dayton
Author(s): Ashley Canter
Author(s): Maegan Parker Brooks
Author(s): Lisa MastrangeloAbstract: Published in 1915, The Suffrage Cook Book reflected the ways that the suffrage movement, and the Equal Franchise Federation of Western Pennsylvania in particular, had changed from their original tactics, demonstrating genre adaptability by presenting more nuanced (and sometimes more pointed) ways of arguing for suffrage. While cookbooks offer an interesting overview of food history, analysis of the rhetorical methods of The Suffrage Cook Book reveals the group making thoughtful and complex rhetorical moves. Overall, the cookbook demonstrates the Franchise participating in a “new” version of “true” womanhood—one that is both placed squarely within traditional domestic behavior through cooking and attention to the hearth/home and family, but also reflects women who were politically savvy, slightly more progressive than the more conservative national suffrage movement, aware of their audiences, aware of new trends in nutrition and domestic science, and finally, witty, using humor and satire to try to convince their audience.
Author(s): Jessica Enoch
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