Beth Topping’s Exam Reading List

Archival Examples/Feminist/late 19th to mid-20th century

Barton, David and Nigel Hall. Letter Writing as a Social Practice. John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2000.

Benson, Thomas. Rhetoric and Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century America. 1997.

Cole, Kristi. Feminist Challenges or Feminist Rhetorics? Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.

Donawerth, Jane. Rhetorical Theory by Women before 1900: An Anthology. 2002

“Feminist Historiography in Rhetoric” (Special Issue). Rhetoric Society Quarterly 32.1 (Winter 2002).

Gere, Anne Ruggles. Intimate Practices: Literacy and Cultural Work in U.S. Women’s Clubs, 1880-1920. U of I Press,1997.

Glenn, Cheryl and Andrea A. Lunsford. Landmark Essays On Rhetoric and Feminism: 1973 – 2000. Routledge, 2015.

Glenn, Cheryl, and Krista Ratcliffe. Silence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts. SIUP, 2011.

Hallenbeck, Sarah. Claiming the Bicycle: Women, Rhetoric, and Technology in Nineteenth-Century America. SIUP, 2016.

Harrison, Kimberly. The Rhetoric of Rebel Women: Civil War Diaries and Confederate Persuasion. SIUP, 2013.

Johnson, Nan. Gender and Rhetorical Space in American Life, 1866-1910. SIUP, 2002.

Lunsford, Andrea, ed. Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women in the Rhetorical Tradition. UPittsburgh Press, 1995.

Miller, Susan. Trust in Texts: A Different History of Rhetoric. SIUP, 2007.

Powell, Katrina. The Anguish of Displacement: The Politics of Literacy in the Letters of Mountain Families in Shenandoah National Park. UVirginia Press, 2015.

Ratcliffe, Krista. Rhetorical Listening: Identification, Gender, and Whiteness. SIUP, 2006

Ryan, Kathleen, Nancy Myers, and Rebecca Jones, eds. Rethinking Ethos: A Feminist Ecological Approach to Rhetoric. SIUP, 2016.

Royster, Jacqueline Jones and Gesa E. Kirsch. Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies. SIUP, 2012.

Schilb, John. Rhetorical Refusals: Defying Audiences’ Expectations. SIUP, 2008.

Swearingen, C. Jan. Rhetoric and Irony: Western Literacy and Western Lies. Oxford UP, 1991.

Wood, Henrietta Rix. Praising Girls: The Rhetoric of Young Women, 1895 – 1930. SIUP, 2016. 


Gaillet, Lynee Lewis et al. (eds.) Landmark Essays on Archival Research. Routledge, 2016

Hayden, Wendy. “And Gladly Teach: The Archival Turn’s Pedagogical Turn.” College English, vol. 80, no. 2, 2017, pp. 133 – 158.

Hayden, Wendy. “’Gifts’ of the Archives: A Pedagogy for Undergraduate Research.” College Composition and Communicaton, vol. 66, no. 3, 2015, pp. 402 – 426.

Kirsch, Gesa E. and Liz Rohan (eds.) Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process. SIUP, 2008.

Ramsey, Alexis E. et al. Working in the Archives: Practical Research Methods for Rhetoric and Composition. SIUP, 2010.

Literacy Studies—Foundational/Theoretical/Definitional

Barton, David. Literacy: An Introduction to the Ecology of Written Language. Blackwell, 1994

Brandt, Deborah. Literacy in American Lives. Cambridge UP, 2001.

Cushman, Ellen et al. Literacy: A Critical Sourcebook, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2001.

Goody, Jack, ed. Literacy in Traditional Societies. Cambridge UP, 1975.

Goody, Jack and Ian Watt. “The Consequences of Literacy.” Language and Social Context. Ed. Pier Paolo Giglioli. Penguin, 1972.

Graff, Harvey. The Legacies of Literacy: Continuities and Contradictions in Western Culture and Society. Indiana UP, 1987.

——-. Literacy and Historical Development: A Reader. SIUP, 2007.

——-. Literacy Myths, Legacies, & Lessons: New Studies on Literacy. Transaction, 2011.

Heath, Shirley Brice. Ways with Words: Language, Life, and Work in Communities and Classrooms. Cambridge UP, 1983. Print.

Moss, Beverly. Literacy Across Communities. Hampton Press, 1994.

Ong, Walter J. Orality and Literacy. 2nd ed. Routledge, 2002.

Street, Brian V. Literacy in Theory and Practice. Cambridge UP, 1985.

Stuckey, J. Elspeth. The Violence of Literacy. Boynton/Cook, 1991.

Yagelski, R.P. Literacy Matters: Writing and Reading the Social Self. Teachers College Press, 2000.

Literacy Studies—Nineteenth/early Twentieth Centuries

Graff, Harvey. Literacy Myth: Literacy and Social Structure in the Nineteenth-Century City. Elsevier, 1979.

——–. The Literacy Myth: Cultural Integration and Social Structure in the Nineteenth Century. Transaction, 1991.

Literacy Studies—Social/Community Practices, Public Sphere

Brandt, Deborah and Katie Clinton. “Limits of the Local: Expanding Perspectives on Literacy as a Social Practice.” The Norton Book of Composition Studies. Ed. Susan Miller. Norton, 2009.

Donehower, Kim et al. (eds.). Reclaiming the Rural: Essays on Literacy, Rhetoric, and Pedagogy. SIUP, 2012.

Donehower, Kim et al. Rural Literacies. SIUP 2007.

Locklear, Erica Abrams. Negotiating a Perilous Empowerment: Appalachian Women’s Literacies. Ohio UP, 2011.

Robbins, Sarah. Managing Literacy, Mothering America: Women’s Narratives on Reading and Writing in the Nineteenth Century. UPittsburgh, 2004.

Vincent, David. The Rise of Mass Literacy: Reading and Writing in Modern Europe. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2000.

Flower, Linda. Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement. 1st ed. Southern Illinois University Press, 2008. Print.

Pennycook, Alastair. Language as a Local Practice. 1st ed. Routledge, 2010. Print.

 Public Sphere Reading

Asen, Robert. “Seeking the Counter in Counterpublics.” Communication Theory, vol. 10, no. 4, 2000, pp. 424-446.

Asen, Robert. “Imagining in the Public Sphere.” Philosophy and Rhetoric vol. 35, no. 4, 2002, pp. 345-67.

Asen, Robert and Daniel C. Brouwer, eds. Counterpublics and the State. SUNY Press 2001.

Bone, Jennifer Emerling. “When Publics Collide: Margaret Sanger’s Argument for Birth Control and the Rhetorical Breakdown of Barriers.” Women’s Studies in Communication, vol. 33, no. 1, 2010, pp. 16 – 33.

Cram, E. et al. “Civic Sights: Theorizing Deliberative and Photographic Publicity in the Visual Public Sphere.” Philosophy and Rhetoric, vol. 49, no. 3, 2016, pp. 227 – 253.

Dewey, John. The Public and its Problems. Henry Holt, 1927.

Kluge, Alexander and Oscar Negt. Public Sphere and Experience: Toward an Analysis of the Bourgeois and Proletarian Public Sphere. Translated by Peter Lahanyi, Jamie Owen Daniel, and Assenka Oksiloff, U of Minnesota P, 1993.

Farmer, Frank. After the Public Turn: Composition, Counterpublics, and the Citizen Bricoleur. Utah State UP, 2013.

Foust, Christina et al. What Democracy Looks Like: The Rhetoric of Social Movements and Counterpublics. UAlabama Press, 2017.

Fraser, Nancy. “Rethinking the Public Sphere: A Contribution to the Critique of Actually Existing Democracy.” Social Text, vol. 25/26, 1990, pp. 56-80.

Fraser, Nancy. Fortunes of Feminism. Verso, 2013.

Habermas. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere. Translated by Thomas Burger and Frederick Lawrence, The MIT Press, Sixth Edition, 1991.

Hauser, Gerard. “Civil Society and the Principle of the Public Sphere.” Philosophy and Rhetoric, vol. 31, no. 1, 1998, pp. 19 – 40.

Hauser, Gerard. Vernacular Voices: The Rhetoric of Public and Public Spheres. USC Press, 1999.

Johnson, Bethany and Margaret M. Quinlan. “Technical Versus Public Spheres: A Feminist Analysis of Women’s Rhetoric in the Twilight Sleep Debates of 1914 – 1916.” Health Communication, vol. 30, no. 11, 2015, pp. 1076 – 1088.

Morris, Rosalind C. and Gaytria Chakravorty Spivak. Can the Subaltern Speak?: Reflections on the History of an Idea. Columbia UP, 2010.

Power, Sally and Chris Taylor. “Social Justice and Education in the Public and Private Spheres.” Oxford Review of Education, vol. 39, no. 4, 2013, pp. 464 – 479.

Reiff, Mary Jo and Anis Bawarshi. Genre and the Performance of Publics. Utah State UP, 2016.

Smitley, Megan K. The Feminine Public Sphere: Middle-Class Women and Civic Life in Scotland, c. 1870 – 1914. Manchester UP, 2009.

Sommerfedlt, Erich J. “The Civility of Social Capital: Public Relations in the Public Sphere, Civil Society, and Democracy.” Public Relations and Democracy, vol. 39, no. 4, 2013, pp. 280 – 289.

Warner, Michael. Publics and Counterpublics. Zone Books, 2005.

Welch, Nancy. “Informed, Passionate, and Disorderly: Uncivil Rhetoric in a New Gilded Age.” Community Literacy Journal, vol. 7, no. 1, 2012.