Readings in Feminist Rhetorical Theory

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This collection highlights the comprehensive, diverse, accessible body of work that exists on understanding symbol use from feminist perspectives. Selections from the works of nine contemporary feminist theorists allow readers to explore a variety of ways of framing experiences and events. The voices of Cheris Kramarae, bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldúa, Mary Daly, Starhawk, Paula Gunn Allen, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Sally Miller Gearhart, and Sonia Johnson challenge traditional viewpoints and encourage new ways of thinking. The selections address how social change happens, the strategies available to promote change, and the consequences of changing dominant practices and constructs. The editors worked with many of the theorists to choose representative works from different genres that exemplify the trajectory of their ideas. Brief introductions provide biographical details of the lives of the theorists and contextualize the key ideas in the works selected.

Accompany volume also available from Waveland Press: Foss et al., Feminist Rhetorical Theories (ISBN 9781577664963).

Title of related interest also by Waveland Press: Borisoff-Chesebro, Communicating Power and Gender (ISBN 9781577666905).

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Karen Foss (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is Regents Professor and until recently was Chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico and has joined Stephen Littlejohn as a co-author on his bestselling textbook,Theories of Human Communication, 9th Edition. She has been at the University of New Mexico since 1993 and in that time served not only as a departmental chair but also as Director of Graduate Studies for the department and as Director of Women s Studies. In 2005, she received the Gender Scholar of the Year award from the Southern States Communication Association and was named Presidential Teaching Fellow for 2004-2006. Her research interests include contemporary rhetoric and criticism, social movements and social change, and feminist perspectives on communication. In addition to her work on Theories of Human Communication, she has co-authored Women Speak: The Eloquence of Women s Lives, Inviting Transformation: Presentational Speaking for a Changing World, Contemporary Perspectives on Rhetoric, Feminist Rhetorical Theory (SAGE 1999) and Readings in Feminist Rhetorical Theory (SAGE 2004). Dr. Foss regularly teaches feminist rhetorical theory; rhetorical criticism; rhetorical theory; women, agency, and change; and public speaking.

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