Review: Walking and Talking Feminist Rhetorics: Landmark Essays and Controversies, edited by Lindal Buchanan and Kathleen J. Ryan. West Lafayette: Parlor, 2010. 483 pp.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Nancy A. Myers, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: When I read a draft of the introduction to Walking and Talking Feminist Rhetorics: Landmark Essays and Controversies last summer, I was eager to see the collection in print. The draft introduction suggested an anthology of scholarly abundance and possibility. This collection has not disappointed, as Lindal Buchanan and Kathleen J. Ryan bring together in one text a nuanced understanding of feminist rhetorics as an established dynamic field. They have included 29 primarily women's but also men's voices in a multivalent scholarly exchange that has been occurring over the last twenty years. The editors define the field of feminist rhetorics as a community of scholars and body of scholarship with an intellectual, theoretical, practical, and political agenda that "encourages others to think, believe, and act in ways that promote equal treatment and opportunities for women" (xiv). 'The significance of Walking and Talking Feminist Rhetorics is in its selection and arrangement of valuable contemporary articles that mark a middle ground between rhetorical traditions and interdisciplinary impulses for the discipline of Rhetoric and Composition Studies. Additionally, it provides a starting point for women and men who are interested in promoting social equity in their academic and professional endeavors.

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Composition Studies
Language: English
Date: 2011
Book Review, English Literature

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