Unruly Rhetorics: Protest, Persuasion, and Publics

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University of Pittsburgh Press
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About the Author

Jonathan Alexander is Chancellors Professor of English and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, where he is also founding director of the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication.

Susan C. Jarratt is professor emerita in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine and editor of the journal Rhetoric Society Quarterly (2016-19).

Nancy Welch is professor of English at the University of Vermont where she teaches classes in public writing, fiction writing, and social movement rhetorics. She is also the coordinator of the UVM Graduate Writing Center.


"Unruly Rhetorics is a smart, funny, and provocative collection of articles that are theoretical, pedagogical, historical, and sometimes polemical, but that always usefully interweave theoretical concerns with specific examples. The authors include scholars from both the speech and composition regions of rhetoric, thereby making the collection particularly useful for teaching." --Patricia Roberts-Miller, University of Texas at Austin

"The resistance at Standing Rock Reservation, the Keystone XL pipeline protests, the teacher walkouts in Oklahoma--these events warrant the attention of scholars, inviting us to take seriously the use of disruptiveness as a rhetorical tactic and catalyst for social change. Unruly Rhetorics: Protest, Persuasion, and Publics, edited by Johnathan Alexander, Susan Jarratt, and Nancy Welch, offers a timely meditation on these very issues, as it seeks to uncover the communicative possibilities of protest at a time when the most strident forms of activism are dismissed as 'uncivil.'" --Great Plains Quarterly

"It will continue to influence my advocacy and teaching in years to come." --Sarah Banting, Rédactologie