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Feminist Rhetorical Science Studies

Feminist Rhetorical Science Studies

Human Bodies, Posthumanist Worlds

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Edited by Amanda K. Booher and Julie Jung


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274 pages, 6 x 9, 2 illustrations

Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms


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This edited collection disrupts tendencies in feminist science studies to dismiss rhetoric as having concern only for language, and it counters posthumanist theories that ignore human materialities and asymmetries of power as co-constituted with and through distinctions such as gender, sex, race, and ability. The eight essays of Feminist Rhetorical Science Studies: Human Bodies, Posthumanist Worlds model methodologies for doing feminist research in the rhetoric of science. Collectively they build innovative interdisciplinary bridges across the related but divergent fields of feminism, posthumanism, new materialism, and the rhetoric of science.
Each essay addresses a question: How can feminist rhetoricians of science engage responsibly with emerging theories of the posthuman? Some contributors respond with case studies in medical practice (fetal ultrasound; patient noncompliance), medical science (the neuroscience of sex differences), and health policy (drug trials of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration); others respond with a critical review of object-oriented ontology and a framework for researching women technical writers in the workplace. The contributed essays are in turn framed by a comprehensive introduction and a final chapter from the editors, who argue that a key contribution of feminist posthumanist rhetoric is that it rethinks the agencies of people, things, and practices in ways that can bring about more ethical human relations.
Individually the contributions offer as much variety as consensus on matters of methodology. Together they demonstrate how feminist posthumanist and materialist approaches to science expand our notions of what rhetoric is and does, yet they manage to do so without sacrificing what makes their inquiries distinctively rhetorical.


Amanda K. Booher is an assistant professor of English at the University of Akron. She has published essays in Intercom; Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society; Disability Studies Quarterly; and the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics.
Julie Jung is a professor of English at Illinois State University. Her book, Revisionary Rhetoric, Feminist Pedagogy, and Multigenre Texts (SIU Press, 2005), won the 2005 W. Ross Winterowd Award for outstanding book on composition theory. She has contributed articles to College English, enculturation, Rhetoric Review, and other journals.


“This book is a must-read because the research and writing are important in rhetoric, writing, and feminist studies. . . . The readability of the essays and the careful research will lead many scholars and graduate students to higher levels of understanding.”—Kathleen E. Welch, author of Electric Rhetoric and The Contemporary Reception of Classical Rhetoric
“The essays combine complex theoretical models with concrete critiques of practices in subjects such as scholarship in the academy, reproductive rights, patient rights, neuroscience, the pharmaceutical industry, and technical and professional communication in and beyond the classroom, and pay careful attention to gaps in language, action, and thought to uncover spaces for enacting new work and for repurposing received wisdom. In a field and moment demanding nimble and ethical methodologies for engaging rival and overlapping intellectual communities and tackling enduring and timely questions, this book is a wonderful gift and a bold challenge.”—Melody A. Bowdon, professor of writing and rhetoric, University of Central Florida