Calling Cards

Theory and Practice in the Study of Race, Gender, and Culture

Edited by Jacqueline Jones Royster & Ann Marie Mann Simpkins

Subjects: Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Composition And Rhetoric Studies, Education, Ethnicity
Paperback : 9780791463765, 318 pages, March 2005
Hardcover : 9780791463758, 318 pages, March 2005

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Table of contents


Introduction: Marking Trails in Studies of Race, Gender, and Culture
Jacqueline Jones Royster

Part I: Rethinking Race, Whiteness, Gender, and Class

1. The More Things Change, Or, Why I Teach Whiteness
Valerie Babb

2. Bombs and Bullshit: Interventions in a Very Dangerous Time
Renee M. Moreno

3. Transforming Images: The Scholarship of American Indian Women
Susan Applegate Krouse

4. Men as Cautious Feminists: Reading, Responding, Role-Modeling as a Man
Patrick Bizzaro

5. Guns, Language, and Beer: Hunting for a Working-Class Language in the Academy
Ann E. Green

Part II: Re-Figuring Culture, History, and Methodology

6. Smarts: A Cautionary Tale
Valerie Lee

7. Naming and Proclaiming the Self: Black Feminist Literary History Making
Joycelyn Moody

8. Speaking With and To Me: Discursive Positioning and the Unstable Categories of Race, Class, and Gender
Jami L. Carlacio

9. Questioning Our Methodological Metaphors
Barbara E. L'Eplattenier

10. Pretenders on the Throne: Gender, Race, and Authority in the Composition Classroom
Amanda Espinosa-Aguilar

11. Veiled Wor(l)ds: The Postcolonial Feminist and the Question of Where
Akhila Ramnarayan

12. The Paradigm of Margaret Cavendish: Reading Women's Alternative Rhetorics in a Global Context
Hui Wu

13. "Making this Country Great": Native American Educational Sovereignty in North Carolina
Resa Crane Bizzaro

Part III: (Re)Forming Analytical Paradigms

14. Say What?: Rediscovering Hugh Blair and the Racialization of Language, Culture, and Pedagogy in Eighteenth-Century Rhetoric
David G. Holmes

15. "By the Way, Where Did You Learn to Speak?": Black Sites of Rhetorical Education
Shirley Wilson Logan

16. Rhetorical Tradition(s) and the Reform Writing of Mary Ann Shadd Cary
Ann Marie Mann Simpkins

17. Toni Morrison and "Race Matters" Rhetoric: Reading Race and Whiteness in Visual Culture
Joyce Irene Middleton

Last Words

Works Cited

List of Contributors


Explores personal and professional issues in the study of race, gender, and culture.


Winner of the 2006 Nancy Dasher Award for Best Book on Professional and Pedagogical Issues

In recent decades, the concepts of race, gender, and culture have come to function as "calling cards," the terms by which we announce ourselves as professionals and negotiate acceptance and/or rejection in the academic marketplace. In this volume, contributors from composition, literature, rhetoric, literacy, and cultural studies share their experiences and insights as researchers, scholars, and teachers who centralize these concepts in their work. Reflecting deliberately on their own research and classroom practices, the contributors share theoretical frameworks, processes, and methodologies; consider the quality of the knowledge and the understanding that their theoretical approaches generate; and address various challenges related to what it actually means to perform this type of work both professionally and personally, especially in light of the ways in which we are all raced, gendered, and acculturated.

At The Ohio State University at Columbus, Jacqueline Jones Royster is Professor of English and Ann Marie Mann Simpkins is Assistant Professor of English. Royster is the author of Traces of a Stream: Literacy and Social Change among African American Women and Critical Inquiries: Readings on Culture and Community.