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Published: 
October 2019
Publisher: 
Utah State University Press
ISBN: 
978-1607328919

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Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies

Essays in Honor of Sharon Crowley
Edited by: 
Andrea Alden
Kendall Gerdes
Judy Holiday
Ryan Skinnell

"Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies" collects original scholarship that takes up and extends the practices of inventive theorizing that characterize Sharon Crowley's body of work. Including 16 chapters by established and emerging scholars and an interview with Crowley, the book shows that doing theory is a contingent and continual rhetorical process that is indispensable for understanding situations and their potential significance — and for discovering the available means of persuasion.

For Crowley, theory is a basic building block of rhetoric "produced by and within specific times and locations as a means of opening other ways of believing or acting." Doing theory, in this sense, is the practice of surveying the common sense of the community (doxa) and discovering the available means of persuasion (invention). The ultimate goal of doing theory is not to prescribe certain actions but to ascertain what options exist for rhetors to see the world differently, to discover new possibilities for thought and action, and thereby to effect change in the world.

The scholarship collected in "Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies" takes Crowley's notion of theory as an invitation to develop new avenues for believing and acting. By reinventing the understanding of theory and its role in the field, this collection makes an important contribution to scholarship in rhetorical studies and writing studies. It will be valuable to scholars, teachers and students interested in diverse theoretical directions in rhetoric and writing studies as well as in race, gender, and disability theories, religious rhetorics, digital rhetoric and the history of rhetoric.

Bio

Editor Andrea Alden is a graduate of the Department of English at Arizona State University, having earned a Master of Arts in 2008 and a PhD in 2014.

Editor Kendall Gerdes earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Arizona State University in 2009.

Editor Judy Holiday earned a PhD in English at Arizona State University in 2012.

Editor Ryan Skinnell earned a PhD in English at Arizona State University in 2011.

Sharon Crowley, whose scholarship is explored in this volume and to whom it is dedicated, is professor emeritus of English at Arizona State University.

Praise for this book

"When they sculpt Sharon Crowley's likeness into the Mount Rushmore of Writing Studies, the chapters in this superb collection will be worthy of reciting at the opening ceremony. A fitting tribute and important reading for theorists in rhetoric and composition."

Peter Khost
Stony Brook University