I imagine this area of the site as a set of working documents. We have bibliographies underway already, but perhaps some should be started by inviting scholars to contribute their documents to the project. These working bibliographies can then serve as research tools for students, who can also contribute to the collection of sources as they work through their own research questions.
Think of these bibliographies as akin to “starters” for Amish Friendship bread. If you’ve never found a ziplock bag of goop at your door with a note from a friend explaining that you are a perfect candidate to be a link in the chain of Amish Friendship bread, along with the directions for how to proceed and a recipe, here’s how it works. One holds on to their bag of goop for ten days, letting the yeast-y starter sit, mashing it daily. After five days, the new baker adds some flour, sugar, and milk, and lets it ferment and rise for another five days. At this point, one makes the recipe, removing four cups of the batter midway through, and packaging each cup of batter in a zip lock bag to pass along to four friends, or three friends, retaining the fourth to start the process again.
The person whose Web site I visited to be reminded of how exactly this works, wrote that she loved the project because, “I love surprises, new things, projects, baking and connecting with people and this bread endeavor covered the lot” (look for it at whippedtheblog.com; Whipped, the Blog: Food, Drink, and Conversation from around the Table).
Well, that’s certainly one way to think about the joys of collaboration too, and it certainly seems a good way to think about starting a bibliography with a yeast-y mass, letting it rise, adding to it, and passing it on. It’s designed to be an infinitely expanding and enriching project, of course, so let me know when I need to scoop out a cup and start a new, but obviously related batch.
Please feel free to suggest new bibliographies in addition to the few I’m suggesting here, and we'll get something started either from scratch or with your initial ideas to get the area fermenting.
Bibliography titles below will take you directly to the individual working the documents.
- Feminist Theory
- Gender and Queer Theory
- Language and Postmodernism
- Performance Theory
- Civic Discourses and Argumentation
- Rhetoric of Science
- Histories of the Profession
- Social Contract Theory
- Liberatory Pedagogy
- Issues in the Profession: Rhetoric as a Course of Study
The "Rhetorica" bibliography generally began as a reflection of my own experience as a teacher and a student of rhetoric, although it was greatly influenced by my study with Susan Jarratt, Kate Ronald, and Susan Morgan. The bibliography is especially indebted to Kate's book with Joy Ritchie, Available Means: a History of Women's Rhetoric(s), a book every student of rhetoric and every feminist theorist should own.
A bibliography intended to cover the seminal texts in feminist theory. I recognize both how seriously nondescript and impossibly ambitious this is. But, even if the category is just too broad, we need to start somewhere. As I tell my students, if I, or anyone else put such a list together, it would reflect their own interests and commitments to one degree or another, so this is where collaboration really comes in handy. For those interested in how I’ve tried to solve this problem in another venue, see the course description for my Enacted Feminist Theory course (Vitae or Syllabi) which I organized by discipline.
This working document was largely compiled by the WPA-L (hosted by the University of Arizona) in the summer of 2007, though many of the books were used in the graduate course in the Rhetoric of Science I took, taught by David Fleming (now at UMass, Amherst), and the course I've designed for my students as well.
If you have additional works to add to a specific bibliography or an idea for adding a new bibliography topic to this site, please send that information to the webmaster.