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Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices in Communication Studies

Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices in Communication Studies


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Unpacks the myriad ways rhetorical and communication theories and feminist intersectional approaches impact one another.

Building on the decades of work by women of color and allied feminists, Standing in the Intersection is the first book in more than a decade to bring communication studies and feminist intersectional theories in conversation with one another. The authors in this collection take up important conversations relating to notions of style, space, and audience, and engage with the rhetoric of significant figures, including Carol Moseley Braun, Barbara Jordan, Emma Goldman, and Audre Lorde, as well as crucial contemporary issues such as campus activism and political asylum. In doing so, they ask us to complicate notions of space, location, and movement; to be aware of and explicit with regard to our theorizing of intersecting and contradictory identities; and to think about the impact of multiple dimensions of power in understanding audiences and audiencing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438444895
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Pages: 231
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Karma R. Chávez is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Cindy L. Griffin is Professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. She is the author of the Invitation to Public Speaking, Fourth Edition and the coeditor (with Karen A. Foss and Sonja K. Foss) of Feminist Rhetorical Theories.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword: Difficult Dialogues: Intersectionality as Lived Experience Marsha Houston ix

Introduction: Standing at the Intersections of Feminisms, intersectionality, and Communication Studies Cindy L. Griffin Karma R. Chavez 1

Part I Entering the Intersection

1 Mammies and Matriarchs: Feminine Style and Signifyin(g) in Carol Moseley Braun's 2003-2004 Campaign for the Presidency Shanara Rose Reid-Brinkley 35

2 The Intersectional Style of Free Love Rhetoric Kate Zittlow Rogness 59

3 (Im)mobile Metaphors: Toward an Intersectional Rhetorical History Carly S. Woods 78

4 Placing Sex/Gender at the Forefront: Feminisms, Intersectionality, and Communication Studies Sara Ray den D. Lynn O'Brien Hallstein 97

Part II Audiences and Audlenclng

5 Intersecting Audiences: Public Commentary Concerning Audre Lorde's Speech, "Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power" Lester C. Olson 125

6 Constitutive Intersectionality and the Affect of Rhetorical Form Leslie A. Hahnei 147

7 Spheres of Influence: The Intersections of Feminism and Iransnationalism in Betty Millard's Woman Against Myth Jennifer Keohane 169

8 Essentialism, Intersectionality and Recognition: A Feminist Rhetorical Approach to the Audience Sam L. McKinnon 189

Contributors 211

Index 215

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