Past Issue: Volume 18 | Issue 1:

Fall/Winter 2015

Issue Introduction

Editors’ Introduction Looking Forward: The Next 25 Years of Feminist Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition

Enoch, Jessica and Jenn Fishman. “Looking Forward: The Next Twenty-Five Years of Feminist Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 2-10.

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Key Concept Statements

Coalition: A Meditation

Glenn, Cheryl and Andrea A. Lunsford. “Coalition: A Meditation.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 11-14.


Johnson, Nan. “History.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 15-18.


Kerschbaum, Stephanie L. “Inclusion.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 19-24.

Agency Matters

McIntyre, Megan. “Agency Matters.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 25-8.

Feminism and Language Rights: Emerging or Converging

Perryman-Clark, Staci. “Feminism and Language Rights:Emerging or Converging?” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 29-33.


Fleitz, Elizabeth. “Material.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 34-8.

Embodiment: Embodying Feminist Rhetorics

Johnson, Maureen, Daisy Levy, Katie Manthey, and Maria Novotny. “Embodiment: Embodying Feminist Rhetorics.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 39-44.


Adams, Heather Brook, Holly Hassel, Jessica Rucki, and K. Hyoejin Yoon. “Service.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 45-50.


Cultivating the Scavenger: A Queerer Feminist Future for Composition and Rhetoric

This essay argues for and enacts queer and disruptive possibilities for the teaching of writing and for the production of writing itself. Drawing from feminist scholarship and from Judith Halberstam’s assertion that queer methodologies are “scavenger methodologies,” the essay explores potential outcomes for scholars and students as they engage with unconventional composing processes and as they imagine and write the future of Composition and Rhetoric in queerer ways.

Waite, Stacey. “Cultivating the Scavenger: A Queerer Feminist Future for Composition and Rhetoric.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 51-71.

Surrender as Method: Research, Writing, Rhetoric, Love

This essay examines the challenges to research and writing in feminist rhetorical studies in the context of terminal illness. Drawing on qualitative data from a two-year ethnography project I conducted with my friend, Susan Lundy Maute, who was living at the time with stage IV breast cancer, I explore divisions between knowledge-making in the humanities and social sciences, and the stakes of emotionality, love, and friendship in the research relationship. I argue for the necessity of feminist methods and research in rhetorical studies rooted in unpredictability and uncertainty.

Restaino, Jessica and Susan Lundy Maute. “Surrender as Method: Research, Writing, Rhetoric, Love.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 72-95.

Relational Literacies and their Coalitional Possibilities

“Relational literacies,” informed by women-of-color feminisms and literacy studies, implies the desire and possibility for shared action and conocimiento. It is a third-space concept related to borderlands rhetorics, coalitional gestures, relational knowledges and queer migration politics that can intervene into the delegitimation of particular bodies/bodies-of-knowledge. They can also be understood as multimodal, participatory, and embodied meaning-making practices and performances. Relational literacies, at play in the accompanying experimental video, are related to queer temporalities that are both past- and future-oriented at once and have the capacity to produce knowledge from home spaces, abuelit@ wisdoms, and wild imaginings.
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Licona, Adela C. and Karma R. Chávez. “Relational Literacies and their Coalitional Possibilities.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 96-107.

Objects in Play: Rhetoric, Gender, and Scientific Toys

In the last 25 years, feminist scholars have worked tirelessly to recover women’s rhetorical theories, productions, and actions that were historically excluded from histories of rhetoric. Rhetoric scholars, many of them feminist scholars, have also worked to address others who have been excluded from the rhetorical traditions. Here, I argue that children have also been largely excluded from rhetorical study. As the next step in the search for more inclusive rhetorical histories, I call here for feminist rhetors to consider rhetoric by children, rhetoric about children, and rhetoric for children. This article examines, in particular, how gendered identities develop in childhood. By studying childhood, we can see how gender and other hegemonic systems that constitute identities work, and we can identify potential disruptions and fissures in them. Since these systems are multivalent, to study them means to examine not only discourse and language but also material, temporal, and spatial arrangements. In this webtext, I conduct a comparative analysis of scientific toys and their marketing. I examine how these toys seek to inculcate a gendered habitus (visual, manual, or bodily ways of doing and being that are typically associated with a particular sex/gender), how marketing materials offer particular gendered roles for boys and girls playing with toys, and how toy makers have sought to develop social networks for boys and girls to participate in as users of the toy. I argue that, insofar as boys and girls are encouraged to play with different types of toys based on assumptions about their sexed abilities and gendered interests, they develop different kinds of knowledge, different ways of perceiving the world, and different kinds of skills. Yet, children’s material compositions offer evidence of how children at play have the potential to disrupt, reproduce, or reconfigure a gendered habitus even as they are first learning them.

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Jack, Jordynn. “Objects in Play: Rhetoric, Gender, and Scientific Toys.” Peitho 18.1 (2015):

Coalition of Who? Regendering Scholarly Community in the History of Rhetoric

This 20-minute video captures our conversation about issues regarding feminist and transgender rhetorics that we believe are crucial to the Coalition’s future. Here we ask: Should the organization continue to provide spaces for people the world sees as women? Should it acknowledge that biological gender has become a fluid category, just as femininity did for feminists of Pat’s generation? Should the organization redefine its mission to include anyone who self-identifies as feminist? Is “feminist” even the right word to use? In sum, our conversation explores how the wide-ranging scholarly work on women, feminism, and gender produced throughout the past few decades might impact the purpose and future of the Coalition.
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Bizzell, Patricia and K.J. Rawson. “Coalition of Who? Regendering Scholarly Community in the History of Rhetoric.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 110-12.

Enough Violence: The Importance of Local Action to Transnational Feminist Scholarship and Activism

This article provides a rhetorical analysis of a gender violence media campaign launched by KAFA, an NGO based in Lebanon, modeling the kind of empowerment possible when activists not only adopt but also adapt transnational resources to suit local contexts and local rhetorical situations. KAFA’s gender violence campaigns have opened a cultural space for the public discussion of gender and women’s rights in Lebanon, raising questions about the state’s responsibility to protect its citizens from violence, and redefining domestic violence as violence. KAFA’s leadership includes adopting and adapting transnational examples for local use and also managing the media; they use print, visual, and social media simultaneously to keep the issue of gender violence at the forefront of public discourse. This article further provides guidelines relevant to feminist scholars doing transnational work at the intersection of multiple national constituencies and discourses, including public, legal, religious, and private ones. Transnational concepts, such as women’s rights, are constantly being negotiated within local contexts and used in grassroots activism within marginalized communities as powerful language that can challenge oppressive discourses.

Khoury, Nicole. “Enough Violence: The Importance of Local Action to Transnational Feminist Scholarship and Activism.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 113-39.

Lifting as We Climb: The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition 25 Years and Beyond

This 20-minute documentary showcases interviews with founding members and past presidents of the Coalition in order to tell the story of the organization’s first quarter of a century. The film details the Coalition’s origins, successes, challenges, and goals for the next quarter of a century. By allowing viewers to watch and listen to the women who have made the Coalition’s journey possible, “Lifting as We Climb” provides a personal and lively version of the organization’s history and its hopes and aims for the future.
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Hidalgo, Alexandra. “Lifting as We Climb: The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition 25 Years and Beyond.” Peitho 18.1 (2015): 140-42.

Action Hour

From Installation to Remediation: The CWSHRC Digital New Work Showcase

Presentations from the Coalition’s session at CCCC 2015 that showcase emerging scholarship and “new work” in feminist research, histories of women, and studies of gender and sexuality in our field

Click here to visit the Digital New Work Showcase

Adams, Heather B., Erin M. Andersen, Geghard Arakelian, Heather Branstetter, Lavinia Hirsu, Nicole Khoury, Katie Livingston, LaToya Sawyer, Erin Wecker, and Patty Wilde with Trish Fancher, Tarez Samra Graban, and Jenn Fishman. "From Installation to Remediation: The CWSHRC Digital New Work Showcase." Peitho 18.1 (2015):