Feminist Challenges or Feminist Rhetorics? Locations, Scholarship, Discourse

The chapters collected in this book generate discussion about the intersections of feminisms and rhetorics, as well as the ways in which those intersections are productive. This collection focuses on the locations of feminist rhetorics, the various discourses that invoke “feminism” or “feminist,” and the scholarship that provokes, challenges, and deliberates issues of key concern. In focusing on challenge and location, this collection acknowledges the academic and socio-discursive spaces that feminisms, and rhetorics on or about feminisms, inhabit. Feminism, but also women and what it means to be a woman, is a signifier under siege in public discourse. The chapters included here speak to the challenges and diversities of feminist rhetoric and discourse in public and private life, in the academy, and in the media. The authors represented in this collection present potential consequences for communities in the academy and beyond, spanning international, geopolitical, racial, and religious contexts.


Kirsti Cole is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Composition, and Literature at Minnesota State University. In addition to advising and teaching in the online Teaching Writing Graduate Certificate, and the MS in Communications and Composition, she teaches literary, argumentation, and composition theory. She has published on women in the profession and feminist pedagogy in College English, JAC, and Harlot. She has also published a chapter on poststructural interpretations of transatlantic Gothic literature.

“This book makes a significant contribution to the already vibrant and growing field of feminist rhetorics. Not only does the book offer essays that extend what has become an important traditional recovery of women’s rhetorical acts, but also because it pushes the field to consider the pre-texts of recovery work while considering where feminist rhetorics take place, who they involve (and sometimes who they ignore), the sorts of discourses they support and further and finally, where and in what circumstances they are used, celebrated, and needed.”
—Rebecca Dingo, University of Missouri

“This collection presents scholarship as diverse and exciting as the field of feminism itself. Feminist Challenges and Feminist Rhetorics? offers scholars a single resource that presents everything from historical recovery scholarship to contemporary revision scholarship to third wave feminism scholarship. I was particularly struck by the variety of topics presented: everything from the recovery of historical texts, to discussions of zines, to Camp Casey as a feminist event, to free speech in the public sphere, to the presentation of bodies in public space, and more.”
—Barbara L’Eplattenier, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Susan Ayres

Moushumi Biswas

Rebekah Buchanan

Jennifer Dorsey

Suellynn Duffey

Amy Mecklenburg Faenger

Catherine Fox

Rebecca Gardner

Lydia McDermott

Kristin Mock

Janella Moy

Heather Blain Vorhies

Margaret Weaver

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ISBN: 1-4438-5501-4

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-5501-3

Release Date: 25th March 2014

Pages: 385

Price: £49.99

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