What forces bring ordinary people together in public to make their voices heard? What means do they use to break through impediments to democratic participation?Unruly Rhetorics is a collection of essays from scholars in rhetoric, communication, and writing studies inquiring into conditions for activism, political protest, and public assembly. An introduction drawing on Jacques Rancière and Judith Butler explores the conditions under which civil discourse cannot adequately redress suffering or injustice. The essays offer analyses of “unruliness” in case studies from both twenty-first-century and historical sites of social-justice protest. The collection concludes with an afterword highlighting and inviting further exploration of the ethical, political, and pedagogical questions unruly rhetorics raise. Examining multiple modes of expression - embodied, print, digital, and sonic - Unruly Rhetorics points to the possibility that unruliness, more than just one of many rhetorical strategies within political activity, is constitutive of the political itself.
About the Author
Jonathan Alexander is Chancellors Professor of English and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, where he is also founding director of the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication.
Susan C. Jarratt is professor emerita in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine and editor of the journal Rhetoric Society Quarterly (2016-19). Nancy Welch is professor of English at the University of Vermont where she teaches classes in public writing, fiction writing, and social movement rhetorics. She is also the coordinator of the UVM Graduate Writing Center.
Table of Contents
Unruly Rhetorics Edited by Jonathan Alexander, Susan C. Jarratt, and Nancy Welch
Introduction Jonathan Alexander and Susan C. Jarratt
Chapter 1: Feminist Body Rhetoric in the #unrulymob, Texas, 2013 Dana L. Cloud
Chapter 2: Walking with Relatives: Indigenous Bodies of Protest Joyce Rain Anderson
Chapter 3: A Groove We Can Move To: The Sound and Sense of Quebec’s Spring 2012 Manifs Casseroles Jonathan Sterne
Chapter 4: Steven Salaita’s Rhetorical Refusal: Taking to Twitter as a Form of Political Resistance and Protest Matthew Abraham
Chapter 5: SlutWalk is Not Enough: Notes Toward a Critical Feminist Rhetoric Jacqueline Rhodes
Chapter 6: Informed, Passionate, and Disorderly: Uncivil Rhetoric in a New Gilded Age Nancy Welch
Chapter 7: Circulating Voices of Dissent: Rewriting the Life of James Eads How and Hobo News Diana George and Paula Mathieu
Chapter 8: We Are Not All in This Together: A Case for Advocacy, Factionalism, and Making the Political Personal Kevin Mahoney
Chapter 9: The Tone It Takes: An 18-day Sit-in at Syracuse University Yanira Rodríguez and Ben Kuebrich
Chapter 10: The Steven Salaita Case: Public Rhetoric and the Political Imagination in U.S. College Composition and Its Professional Associations John Trimbur
Chapter 11: Answering the World’s Anticipation: The Relevance of Native Son to Twenty-First-Century Protest Movements Deborah Mutnick
Chapter 12: Dignitas and “Shit Shovels”: Corporate Bodies and Unruly Language Jason Peters
Chapter 13: Remix as Unruly Play and Participatory Method for Im/Possible Queer World-Making Londie T. Martin and Adela C. Licona
Chapter 14: On Democracy’s Return Home: The Occupation of Liberty/Zuccotti Park John Ackerman and Meghan Dunn
Chapter 15: Then Comes Fall: Activism, the Arab Spring, and the Necessity of Unruly Borders Steve Parks, with Dala Ghandour, Emna Ben Yedder Tamarziste, Mohammed Masbah, and Bassam Al-Ahmad
Afterword: Science, Politics, and the Messy Arts of Rhetoric Nancy Welch