Volume 19 | Issue 2:
I want to welcome you to Peitho 19.2 Spring/Summer 2017. I feel that this issue presents an exceptional cross-section of current feminist scholarship, and demonstrates the varied scholarly foci engaging feminist rhetoricians today.
Abstract: This article shows how the labels commonly associated with the field—women’s rhetorics and feminist rhetorics—can be as problematic as they are productive, revealing tensions that undermine our goals of capaciousness. An analysis of naming discussions in scholarship and a survey of our naming practices via titles of journal articles, conference papers, and courses show how our nomenclature can sometimes occlude certain values and assumptions the field seeks to convey. The author suggests that the moniker “women’s and gendered rhetorics” and better situating our work to each other and various publics can work to alleviate these issues.
Keywords: feminist rhetorics, women's rhetorics, women's and gendered rhetorics, nomenclature
Abstract: This essay productively engages the exigencies facing early-career feminist academics by developing and detailing an approach to horizontal mentoring. This approach emerged through our own horizontal mentoring relationship, which we situate in relation to feminist scholarship on mentoring within rhetoric and composition as well as other fields. We share seven specific practices for horizontal mentoring.
Keywords: feminist mentors, peer mentoring, horizontal mentoring, professional development
Abstract: Catherine McAuley (1778-1841) founded the Catholic Sisters of Mercy in Dublin following the repeal of the Irish Penal Laws, which had limited Catholics' ability to own land, participate in government, or freely practice their religion. In the post-Penal period, religious debate between Catholics and Protestants aimed to convert others through agonistic debate, usually unsuccessfully. Focusing on McAuley’s religious text, Cottage Controversy, and her own biography, this article traces the development of McAuley’s rhetoric, arguing that it is both invitational and centered on rhetorical listening, ultimately a more viable rhetorical alternative that fosters mutual understanding and peace.
Keywords: history of rhetoric, women's rhetoric, invitational rhetoric, rhetorical listening
Abstract: This article explores the ways in which the popular nineteenth-century periodical Godey’s Lady’s Book challenges three binaries: the arts (or humanities) versus the sciences, domesticity versus the world of work, and ornamental versus useful knowledge. Through an analysis of articles featuring content from what we today would refer to as the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, I argue that although the Lady’s Book is known primarily for its fashion plates, stories, and how-to guides, its inclusion of detailed, technical information and diagrams of scientific processes and innovations indicates that it meant to initiate women into a discourse about science and technology.
Keywords: science, engineering, technology, extracurricular education, literacy sponsors, nineteenth-century America, Godey’s Lady’s Book, useful knowledge
Abstract: This paper explores a university archival collection of documents and student exams from the long closed Home Economics Department of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Through the use of departmental records and final exam student essays from the 1930s and 1940s, the project argues that home management house residency created a unique rhetorical space for rural women as they pursued higher education, professional opportunities, and class mobility.
Keywords: women, home economics, archives, Texas, education, rhetorical space
Abstract: This article analyzes the first four episodes of the adapted Japanese animation of Riyoko Ikeda’s The Rose of Versailles to illustrate the value of examining queer rhetorical practices of place-making in transnational texts. Set in the late eighteenth century, The Rose of Versailles provides viewers a glimpse of the French Revolution through the main character Lady Oscar, the gender-bending bodyguard and advisor of Marie Antoinette. By queering place and space, Ikeda develops an alternative narrative of eighteenth century France that illuminates queer possibilities of being.
Keywords: queer and feminist place and space, queer and feminist place-making, queer and feminist rhetorics, Japanese animation and manga, Riyoko Ikeda, The Rose of Versailles, French Revolution, Yuri texts, Shōjo texts, transnational texts.
Abstract: This article argues that two non-profit national eating disorder advocacy groups, the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), play an integral role in censoring pro-anorexia (pro-ana) subculture on social media platforms. This article adds to the ongoing debate surrounding the censorship of pro-ana discourse by interrogating the erasure of digital forums due to fears that eating disorders are communicable through narratives written predominately by young women. In response to these ostensibly infectious narratives, the advocacy groups institute guidelines for crafting a singular recovery narrative that might be “useful” for others, eschewing much of the research pertaining to eating disorder treatment and recovery and the lived experiences of self-starving women. As I will demonstrate, viewing this erasure through the lens of epistemic violence reveals that a social discomfort with pro-ana content may speak to a general unwillingness to confront structural violence that influences some women to engage in self-starvation.
Keywords: epistemic violence, eating disorders, recovery, illness narratives, rhetoric