Assistant Professor — Ph.D., Composition and Rhetoric, 2009, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Assistant Professor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing
Rhetorical theory, history and criticism; composition studies; political discourse; critical discourse analysis; comparative/contrastive and (inter)cultural rhetoric; public address; transnational rhetoric; multilingual writing and writing center pedagogy; qualitative research methods; rhetorics of reconciliation and peacemaking.
Rasha Diab is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing, as well as the English Department and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies.
E 387R • Feminism, Historiog, Rhetrc
35625 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 310
Graduate Seminar: Feminism, Historiography, and Rhetoric
As we undertake this study of the history of rhetoric, we will consider a variety of rhetorical practices from antiquity until modern times, recovering rhetorical practices of women from the West, Near East, and Far East including women like, Enheduanna, Aspasia, Christine de Pizan, Mary Astell, Sojourner Truth, Rigoberta Menchú, Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, and many others. We will also explore how rhetoric theorists revisit the economy and ideologies that support/impede the perspectives and practices of women rhetors.
In addition to exploring the rhetorical practices of women speakers/writers, this seminar focuses on the intersection of feminist scholarship, historiography, and the study of rhetoric across cultures. The three lines of inquiry converge to underline a commitment to re-visit and re-tell the history of rhetoric, an investment that we see slowly emerging in the late 1970s and gaining momentum since the late 1990s. To explore the rationale and telos of this convergence, we will recover women’s contributions to and perspectives on rhetoric (theory and practice) and re-examine our conception of the rhetor, definition of and expectations for rhetorical practices, and stances that women adopt/adapt to realize their goals and aspirations.
The ultimate goal of our exploration is to
- build on your knowledge of feminisms and the critique of the canon;
- deepen your appreciation of how rhetors respond to, critique, and challenge the affordances and constrains of their communities; and
- address on-going controversies that energize rhetorical studies, reflecting on the possibilities and limits of historiographic methods and assumptions.
- A Reader:
- Selected articles/book chapters written by Deborah Atwater, Reem Bassiouney, Lindal Buchanan, Sue Carter, Rebecca Dingo, Wendy Hesford, Gwen Pough, Malea Powell, Elaine Richardson, and Eileen E. Schell
- Selected primary texts from Gloria Anzaldua, Mary Cavendish, Christine de Pizan, Audre Lord, Sojourner Truth, and Alice Walker
- Ballif, Michelle, ed. Theorizing Histories of Rhetoric. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2013.
- Glenn, Cheryl. Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity through the Renaissance. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.
- Jarratt, Susan. Rereading the Sophists: Classical Rhetoric Refigured. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1991.
- Pough, Gwendolyn. Check it while I Wreck it: Black Womanhood, Hip Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004.
- Ramírez, Cristina Devereaux. Occupying our Space: The Mestiza Rhetorics of Mexican Women Journalists and Activists, 1875-1942. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2015.
- Rawson, K., and Eileen E. Schell. Rhetorica in Motion: Feminist Rhetorical Methods & Methodologies. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.
- Royster, Jacqueline Jones, and Gesa Kirsch. Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012.
- Journal Special Issues
- Hesford, Wendy S., and Eileen E. Schell. "Configurations of Transnationality: Locating Feminist Rhetorics." College English 70.5 (2008
Besides regular attendance and reflective engagement, you will be expected to
- Lead class discussion (10%),
- Present a book report (10%) (Reading list will be provided),
- Conference Proposal (10%) (You will choose a conference relevant to your area of study),
- Seminar Paper (70%): Develops your conference proposal into a researched, seminar-length paper to be handed in by the end of the semester. During the semester, research reports, exchange of early drafts and conference with me will provide opportunities to share ideas and to get feedback.
E 387M • Intercultural Rhetoric
35780 • Spring 2013
Meets MW 500pm-630pm PAR 302
Intercultural Rhetoric: From Incommensurability to Rhetorical Possibilities
What does culture have to do with rhetoric and writing? A careful examination of this question taps into the complex concept culture and uncovers a crucial force, informing and impacting rhetoric and writing practices and scholarship. That is why, the intersection of rhetoric/writing and culture has attracted the attention of scholars especially since the late 1960s, resulting in the development of contrastive rhetoric and comparative rhetoric. These two bodies of knowledge have two varied disciplinary orientations, yet they seem to converge in numerous ways.
Both seek to explore the role of culture in the practices and pedagogies of rhetoric and writing. To a great extent culture continued to be defined as “received culture.” However, current scholarship has more expansive definitions of culture and its influence on how we conceive, theorize and practice rhetoric and writing. This shift to a more nuanced and a fuller understanding of culture coincided with (a) increasing interest in other rhetorics, (b) reflections on the canonization of rhetoric and increasing interest in revisionist historiography, (3) re-visiting the role of continuity and discontinuity in shaping rhetorical agendas.
Course Objectives and Goals
This course has three focuses:
(1) studying the rise and convergence of comparative rhetoric, contrastive rhetoric, intercultural rhetoric, and transnational rhetoric,
(2) exploring rhetoric as manifest in different traditions and
(3) understanding the role of comparative/contrastive/intercultural/transnational rhetoric in current scholarship in rhetoric and writing theory, history of rhetoric, and their teaching.
In this seminar, we will
- trace the development, growth and transformation of contrastive, comparative, and intercultural rhetoric, drawing on different bodies of literature
- reflect on how interest in transnational rhetoric
- converges with comparative and contrastive rhetoric and
- affirms yet poses some challenges to the study of the intersection of culture, nation, and rhetoric.
- Finally, we will engage the two main dimensions of intercultural rhetoric as we explore the disciplinary and instructional possibilities and challenges of (inter)cultural rhetorics.
Potential Books & Journal Special Issues
Ulla Connor, Contrastive Rhetoric: Cross-Cultural Aspects of Second Language Writing (Cambridge University Press, 1996)
Carol Lipson and Roberta Binkley (eds.),
- Rhetoric before and beyond the Greeks (SUNY, 2004) and
- Ancient Non-Greek Rhetorics (Parlor Press, 2008)
Lu Ming Mao, Reading Chinese Fortune Cookie: The Making of Chinese American Rhetoric (Utah State University Press, 2006)
Ernest Stromberg (editor), American Indian Rhetorics of Survivance, Word Medicine, Word Magic (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006)
Victor Villanueva, Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color (National Council of Teachers of English, 1993)
Writing, Rhetoric, and Latinidad. College English (Vol. 71, No.6, July 2009)
Feminist Rhetorics and Transnationalism . College English (Vol.70, No.5, May 2008).
Cross-Language Relations in Composition College English (Vol. 68, No. 6, July 2006)
E 387M • Intercultural Rhetoric
35000 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CAL 221
What does culture have to do with rhetoric and writing? This question taps into a crucial force that impacts rhetoric and writing practices and scholarship. That is why, the intersection of rhetoric/writing and culture has attracted the attention of scholars especially since the late 1960s, resulting in the development of contrastive rhetoric and comparative rhetoric. To a great extent culture continued to be defined as “received culture.” However, current scholarship has more expansive definitions of culture and its influence on how we conceive, theorize and practice rhetoric and writing. This shift to a more nuanced and a fuller understanding of culture coincided with (a) increasing interest in other rhetorics, (b) reflections on the canonization of rhetoric, (3) re-visiting the role of continuity and discontinuity in shaping rhetorical agendas.
In this seminar, we will trace the development and transformation of contrastive, comparative, and intercultural rhetoric. We will engage the two main foci of intercultural rhetoric, namely research and education, and we will explore the disciplinary and instructional possibilities and challenges of (inter)cultural rhetorics.
• Lead class discussion; book report
• Four short response/reflection papers
• Conference proposal
• A formal paper that further explores and reflects on an issue raised by the course
• Ulla Conner, Contrastive rhetoric
• Selections from Ulla Connor, Ed Nagelhout, and William V. Rozycki (eds.), Contrastive Rhetoric: Reaching to Intercultural Rhetoric
• Suresh Canagarajah, Resisting Linguistic Imperialism
• Clayann G. Panetta (ed.), Contrastive Rhetoric Revisited and Redefined
• Selections from Richard Graff, Arthur Walzer and Janet Atwill (eds.), The Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition
• George Kennedy, Comparative Rhetoric
• Selections from Carol Lipson and Roberta Binkley (eds.), Rhetoric Before and Beyond the Greeks; and selections from Carol Lipson and Roberta Binkley (eds.) Ancient non-Greek Rhetorics
• R. Scallon and S. W. Scallon, Intercultural Communication
• C. Severino, Juan Guerra and Johnnella Butler (eds.), Writing in Multicultural Settings
• Packet of readings