CRS Reading Group

The Center for Rhetoric in Society hosts a series of reading groups that focus on a variety of issues in the fields of rhetoric and composition. These meetings are an informal chance to discuss this critical work in the field. Light snacks are generously provided by the Diggs Humanities endowment.


Fall 2019 Reading Group

More information to come soon.



Past Reading Groups

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.