Edited by Elizabethada A. Wright and David Beard
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978-1-64317-417-4(paperback, $29.95); 978-1-64317-099-2 (PDF, $0); 978-1-64317-100-5 (EPUB, $0) © 2023 by the Rhetoric Society of America and the individual authors. 212 pages, with notes, illustrations, and bibliography.
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About This Book
A Charge For Change brings together eighteen essays from the Rhetoric Society of America’s 20th Biennial Conference, held at the end of the pandemic period. The Conference call asked for participants to “engage with rhetoric’s purposes, demands, and energies” as the world moved toward a “post-pandemic” world. The first section of essays confronts issues that existed long before the COVID-19 pandemic but were exacerbated by it: race and colonialism. Each essay offers suggestions on confronting biases too common in the world. The essays in the second section confront how rhetoric has impacted various concerns of the early twenty-first century, including the pandemic, the political world, and housing insecurities. Essays in the third and final section explore eternal issues from a kairotic perspective as they celebrate and reconsider people and elements of the field of rhetoric. In sum, the collection shows how rhetoric can change the world—even as it offers instructions on how to do so.
Essays are short, accessible, and appropriate for integration into undergraduate classes seeking to integrate examples from across the spectrum of work in rhetorical studies (rhetorical history, theory, and criticism especially), engaging the most pressing issues of our day. Arising from the flagship conference in the field, these essays are also touchpoints with the best work in the discipline today.
Contributors include Janet M. Atwill, Jennifer L. Bay, David Beard, David Blakesley, keondra bills freemyn , Daniel A. Cryer, Richard Leo Enos, Wallace S. Golding, Heidi E. Hamilton, Aaron Hess , Mohammed Sakip Iddrisu, Patricia Roberts-Miller, Thomas J. Rickert , Andrew L. Sigerson, Ryan Skinnell, Jeffrey St. Onge, Leah Senatro, Jason Michálek, Kathryn Lambrecht, Amy J. Lueck, Keith D. Miller, Elizabethada A. Wright, Richard E. Young, and M. Elizabeth Weiser.
About the Editors
Professor at University of Minnesota Duluth, Elizabethada A. Wright teaches in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies and is a member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities’ Literacy and Rhetorical Studies Program. With Christina R. Pinkston, she co-edited Catholic Women’s Rhetoric: Ethos, the Patriarchy, and Feminist Resistance, and she has published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, College English Association Critic, as well as in a number of other journals and books.
David Beard teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he is a professor in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies. He works eclectically in listening studies, in rhetorical studies, in popular culture studies, and in health humanities. He is a founding member of the Professional Wrestling Studies Association, where he has done some work on rhetoric, gender, and politics (with John Heppen, published in Geographies of the 2020 US Presidential Election and in Political Landscapes of Donald Trump). With Heather Graves, he co-edited The Rhetoric of Oil for Routledge; with Richard Enos, he co-edited Advances in the History of Rhetoric: The First Six Years for Parlor Press. He has twice served as vice president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric and edited a special issue of Rhetor. With Steve Katz, Suzanne Black, and Julia Brown, he co-edits Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine. In 2016 he was recognized for service by the Rhetoric Society of America for the Blogora.
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